Mental symptoms

Mental symptoms of stress (that affect your mind) include:
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Changes in behaviour
  • Food cravings
  • Lack of appetite
  • Frequent crying
  • Difficulty sleeping (due to mental health problems)
  • Feeling tired
  • Difficulty concentrating

Physical symptoms

Physical symptoms of stress (that affect your body) include:
  • Chest pains
  • Constipation (an inability to empty your bowels)
  • Diarrhoea (passing loose, watery stools)
  • Cramps or muscle spasms, when your muscles contract (shorten) painfully
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting spells, where you temporarily lose consciousness
  • Biting your nails
  • Nervous twitches
  • Pins and needles (paraesthesia), a cold, burning, prickling or tingling sensation in your arms, legs, hands or feet
  • Feeling restless
  • Sweating more
  • Sexual difficulties, such as erectile dysfunction (an inability to get or maintain an erection) or a loss of sexual desire
  • Breathlessness
  • Muscular aches
  • Difficulty sleeping (due to physical problems)

Long-term symptoms

Experiencing even one or two of these symptoms can make you feel anxious or frustrated. This can be a vicious circle. For example, you want to avoid stress, but symptoms such as frequent crying or nervous twitching can make you feel annoyed with yourself and even more stressed.

If you have experienced some of these symptoms for a long time, you are at risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension). This can lead to:
  • A heart attack: a serious medical emergency where the supply of blood to your heart is suddenly blocked, usually by a blood clot
  • A stroke: a serious medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted

Source: NHS UK Website

Did you know ?

Stress affects different people in different ways and everyone has a different method of dealing with it.

The hormones (chemicals) that are released by your body as a result of stress can build up over time and cause various mental and physical symptoms.