STRESS!!!!

We all have stress in our lives. Some stress is good. Positive stress keeps us ready and alert to deal with or avoid danger. However, negative stress, when it is continuous and there is little relaxation or relief between episodes can be fatal! See if you have any of the symptoms below. If you do, you may be stressed and not even realize it: 

  • Physical symptoms:
  • Headaches
  • Neck or back pain
  • Digestive problems
  • Insomnia
  • Sexual difficulty
  • Nail biting
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Heart palpitations
  • Emotional symptoms:
  • Increased moodiness
  • Withdrawal from other people
  • Frequent crying
  • Considered suicide
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of memory
  • Easily angered
  • Hopelessness
  • Behavioral symptoms:
  • Finger tapping
  • Increased smoking
  • Increased alcohol use
  • Compulsive eating
  • Increased drug use
  • Nail biting
  • Decreased productivity

Many signs and symptoms of stress seem very closely related to the symptoms of Depression. This could be related to the fact that when stress is not taken care of or dealt with appropriately, it usually leads to depression. Many adults are depressed and just think they are stressed out all the time. Another note is for parents: Children act out their stress in behaviors. They aren’t able to articulate that they are “stressed” so you will see more behavior challenges with them. They include:

  • Crying without cause
  • Intense anger
  • Hitting other children or adults
  • Screaming over very small things (i.e. having to make their bed)
  • Problems sleeping
  • Problems eating
  • Digestive problems (“tummy aches”)
  • Problems with school
  • Problems getting along with other kids
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  • *Remember: Kids absorb our stuff. So if we feel anxious and stressed, they probably do, too! Stress can kill! It can cause many physical, emotional, spiritual, and family/marital problems! 
  • If you have any of these signs or symptoms, give us a call! One of our experts can help you or your child learn tocope more effectively with stress.
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  • Go to our website to take ourStress Test and learn more ways of coping with stress. Coming soon: The Family Stress Test!