Overview

What is Stress?

The stress response is well characterised as the “flight or fight” response, and is highly variable between individuals. Normal healthy stress responses are beneficial to mental and physical health; it challenges us, encourages change, creates adaptation and makes us stronger, both emotionally and biochemically. However, when faced with extraordinary stress or under constant stress, without adequate recovery, the stress response can become dysfunctional and predispose to physiological and neurological changes, leading to the major chronic pathologies of modern life, such as endocrine disturbances, immune suppression, insulin resistance, fatigue and chronic inflammation.

Symptoms

What are the signs of Stress?

Common signs and symptoms of poor stress response include:

Neurological dysfunction: Anxiety, poor concentration, excessive worry, insomnia, depression  &/or extreme fatigue

Neurological dysfunction: Anxiety, poor concentration, excessive worry, insomnia, depression &/or extreme fatigue

Cardiovascular symptoms: Palpitations, clammy palms

Cardiovascular symptoms: Palpitations, clammy palms

Digestive dysfunction: Digestive cramping, irritable bowel syndrome, food intolerances,  hypochlorhydria

Digestive dysfunction: Digestive cramping, irritable bowel syndrome, food intolerances, hypochlorhydria

Immunological dysfunction: Inflammation, increased risk of infection, predisposition to  allergies

Immunological dysfunction: Inflammation, increased risk of infection, predisposition to allergies

Metabolic dysfunctions: insulin resistance, obesity

Metabolic dysfunctions: insulin resistance, obesity

Musculoskeletal disorders: Muscular tension (eg: shoulders), tension headaches

Musculoskeletal disorders: Muscular tension (eg: shoulders), tension headaches

Other common presenting signs and symptoms: declining vision and/or hearing, fatigue, loss  of skin elasticity.

Other common presenting signs and symptoms: declining vision and/or hearing, fatigue, loss of skin elasticity.

Causes

What are the causes of Stress?

The exact cause of PCOS is unknown but the following factors play an important role:

Being under lots of pressure

Being under lots of pressure

Facing big changes.

Facing big changes.

Worrying about something

Worrying about something

Not having much or any control over the outcome of a situation

Not having much or any control over the outcome of a situation

Times of uncertainty

Times of uncertainty

Diagnosis

How do I know if I have Stress?

Emotional symptoms of stress include: Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody.Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control. Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind.

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