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Stress: Warning Signs and Symptoms

Written by Wellness Club on April 9, 2008 – 3:55 pm -

You’ve probably heard that excess stress is harmful, and information continues to stream from scientific studies about the precise effects of stress on our bodies. Here are the physical symptoms that can be caused by stress:

  • Dizziness or a general feeling of “being out of it”
  • General aches and pains
  • Grinding teeth, clenched jaw
  • Headaches
  • Indigestion
  • Increase in or loss of appetite
  • Muscle tension in neck, face or shoulders
  • Problems sleeping
  • Racing heart
  • Cold and sweaty palms
  • Tiredness, exhaustion
  • Trembling/shaking
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Upset stomach
  • Sexual difficulties

Health effects of stress include:

Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress. Seventy-five to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.

Stress is linked to six of the leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared stress a hazard of the workplace. In terms of lost hours due to absenteeism, reduced productivity and workers’ compensation benefits, stress costs American industry more than $300 billion annually. The lifetime prevalence of an emotional disorder is more than 50%, often due to chronic, untreated stress reactions.

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