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Are You Stressed Out? The Symptoms Of Stress.
Many things in life can stress us out. There are many symptoms of stress. It could be family problems, problems in work, financial issues and even the stress associated with keeping up with simple everyday tasks. It can sometimes feel there are not enough hours in the day to do what needs to be done. Sometimes the problems we are asked to fix can appear unfixable. The sad truth is that most people suffer some form of stress in the modern world.
This everyday stress can build up and for some people it can cause a crisis in their lives. Others simply get used to a certain amount of stress and take it as simply a part of getting by in modern life. Despite this, even small amount of stress can be more than just a mental problem. It can also have very serious consequences for our physical health and well being. Its important we understand these symptoms of stress.
The Signs Of Stress
The physical symptoms of stress can manifest in different ways and at different times in our lives. Sometimes you may not even realize that stress is the cause of a certain problem. As such it is very important for everyone today to recognise the different symptoms of associated with stress. This is especially important for those who work high stress jobs or regularly find themselves in high stress situations.
These symptoms of stress can be the alarms signs that something is wrong and a more serious problem may be down the line if they are not treated. Here we count down the most common health problems experienced by those suffering from stress.
Memory Loss Caused By Stress
The memory loss is associated with older people suffering from conditions such as Alzheimer’s, but stress can contribute to less major short term memory loss in people of all ages. This memory loss is another of the harmful symptoms of stress. If you notice that you keep forgetting the little details in everyday life, such as note from a meeting or where you left your keys, you may be suffering from it. The reason for this is that high levels of stress can shrink you hippocampus.
The hippocampus is the area of the brain that controls short term memory. During stressful events your hippocampus is exposed to very high levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The effect of being exposed to this cortisol is that the hippocampus can shrink and you can begin to have problems with your short term memory. You may be tempted to ignore this and compensate by taking notes of important information that needs to be remembered. What you should do is reduce your stress levels until your memory returns to normal.
Stress Induced Retching
Retching, sometimes known as dry heaving, can be a common problem for people suffering from high stress or anxiety. Retching is essentially the reverse movement of both the stomach and esophagus without actually vomiting. It can occur with vomiting, before it or completely separate from it.
The best way to treat retching is to get plenty of sleep and relaxation. Eliminating the stress and the source of stress is the ideal treatment. Meditation techniques and practices that help the person manage or eliminate stress can prove very effective. For those who can’t do this immediately there are other treatments available. Some folks swear by acupressure treatments, such as wristbands that feature acupressure buttons. While doctors and researchers caution that this may be just the placebo effect it has been shown to help some people.
Stress Induced Vomiting
As well as dry heaving, high levels of stress and anxiety can also cause vomiting. This is one of the most dramatic and easy to spot symptoms of stress. For some people more a more serious condition called cyclic vomiting syndrome can occur. When someone suffers from this condition they experience both nausea and vomiting over a longer period of time. This vomiting and nausea can often occur at the same time every day over an extended period of time. Vomiting itself can be extremely dangerous and can even lead to death, especially if the person has fallen asleep as it can block their windpipe.
The treatments for stress induced vomiting are similar to those recommended for dry heaving caused by stress and anxiety. Getting additional sleep and relaxation, eliminating the sources of stress and meditation can help alleviate symptoms. In addition to thee make sure you drink plenty of water and vomiting can affect your electrolyte balance.
Hair Loss Caused By High Stress
Hair loss can have many causes. For men it can simply be down to the genetics that cause male pattern baldness. There are several treatments available for this condition. Different medications can also be a cause of hair loss for both men and women.
Despite this stress can be one of the leading causes of serious hair loss. It can also speed the rate of hair loss for men who are genetically prone to suffer from it. Another major condition that is associated with stress and anxiety induced hair loss is alopecia areata. Also known as spot baldness, this is a serious autoimmune disorder. It is caused by the body’s own white blood cells not recognising and attacking hair follicles. It often leads to large bald spots all over the scalp.
People who have suffered extreme physiological stress or emotion shocks can also suffer from the more extreme telogen effluvium. This condition causes the body to shed the majority of its hair. Treating this condition can be more difficult as it can occur weeks or even months after the initial stress or shock that caused it. Major surgery, child birth or the death of a love one have been known to trigger the condition.
While reducing and eliminating stress can prevent, stop or eliminate these various conditions one should always consult their doctor should any sudden hair loss occur.
Nosebleeds & Stress
Many people suffer from chronic nosebleeds. While there can be several causes of nosebleeds, stress has been reported as a major contributing factor by those who suffer from them. Patients who a prone to getting nosebleeds can experience them after experiencing psychological or emotional stress.
While the exact reason why this happens is debated it may have something to do with the spike in blood pressure that accompanies stressful events. One way to a lower this spike in blood pressure and help prevent nosebleeds is by drinking hibiscus tea during the day. Not only will the tea itself help lower blood pressure but taking yourself out of stressful situations in order to brew a cup will of course prove beneficial.
Hibiscus tea is not a cure all for those suffering from stress but it will help prevent nosebleeds in people who suffer from them. In order to treat all the symptoms associated with daily stress it is preferable to remove and manage stress in your life. Keep in mind that high stress is not the only cause of nosebleeds. If you find yourself suffering from nosebleeds and you don’t know why always consult your doctor.
Excessive Sweating Caused By Stress
In movies and comic books, people who are severely stressed are often portrayed as sweating profusely. This of course has a basis in reality as stress can indeed make you sweat much more than normal. An interesting fact is that if you are sweating due to stress it can affect others around you. The signals you send out can actually lead to them becoming more stressed. This may be of interest to companies and employers who wish to have a more productive, stress free work environment. A single stressed out employee can apparently make others around the experience higher levels of stress as well.
There is another medical that can be made worse when a person is suffering from stress. This is the condition hyperhidrosis that some people sadly suffer from. This is a condition that causes them to sweat excessively. This excessive sweating can occur quite heavily in the palms of their hands and the feet of the person. If you suspect you may be suffering from hyperhidrosis don’t worry. There are doctors who specialize in treating the disorder.
Weakened Immune System
One of the most harmful symptoms of stress has on your body (and overall health and well being) is that it can weaken your immune system. There are in fact a couple of reasons suffering from high levels of stress can do this. The first of these reasons is that high levels of stress causes the body to release catecholemines. These catecholemines are hormones that help the immune system regulate itself in your body. Long term release of these hormones over their regular level can change how the immune system is regulated and thus weaken it.
Another of the harmful symptoms of stress is that it can shrink your thymus gland. The thymus gland is extremely important for your immune system. It is the gland that produces the white blood cells, which fight infection within the body. By weakening your thymus gland, stress can weaken our resistance to infection that we rely on our white blood cells to protect us from.
As such, high levels of stress can make us more susceptible to infection and other illness due to a weaken immune system. That is why it is extremely important to reduce stress to manageable levels.
Premature Aging & Stress
Stress can also cause us to age faster than we normally would. This is on of the better known symptoms of stress. We have all heard the story of the person who has aged 10 years and whose hair has gone white after experiencing an extremely stressful event. Such tales have a basis and fact and are not just told as part of ghost stories and other old folk tales.
As we age the telomeres at the end of our DNA shorten. Telomeres are essentially the protective casing at the end the DNA strand. A cell loses a bit of its telomeres every time it divides. This is a natural part of the aging process.
An enzyme called telomerase can replenish the telomeres. Exposure to high levels of chronic stress and anxiety can decrease the supply of telomerase. After a period of time the telomerase becomes extremely diminished. After it reaches a certain low the cell can die or it can become pro inflammatory. As such, suffering from high stress levels can prematurely shorten the telomeres in our DNA and speed the aging process.
High levels of stress also release the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol itself can damage a persons short term memory, but it can also damage the telomeres. By doing so it contributes to hastening the aging process. By reducing the stress levels we are under we can prevent this from happening. In the long run a lower stress lifestyle may help us all live a life that is longer, healthier and happier.
Symptoms Of Stress – Conclusion
These are just some of the more common and noticeable symptoms associated with stress. We hope the information provided can better help you spot them. If you do suffer from many of these problems it may be that you are over stressed. By following some of the tips stated you can help treat the symptoms of stress.
The best treatment of course would be to remove stress from your life altogether. For many people this is not possible. Stress seems to be a sad fact of the modern world. We all have to endure a certain level just to get by. Living a healthier lifestyle can help manage stress. Doing simple things like increasing your daily exercise, quitting smoking and getting enough sleep can greatly help you reduce your stress levels.
If you are suffering from severe stress and you think it is damaging your health do not hesitate to see your doctor. High levels of stress and anxiety can contribute to greater health problems than those listed above. Heart attacks are the most well known fatal health problem that can be triggered by stressful events. Some researchers have even suggested that stress can lead to cancer.
We hope that you have found some value in the information listed above. A lower stress life awaits those who are willing to seek it. Thanks for reading.