What is stress?
Stress is the manifestation
of physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension. Tension
is mental or emotional strain, suspense, anxiety, or excitement.
Anxiety is a reaction to a real or imagined threat, a general
feeling of uneasiness or dread.
Stress is not a disease but
a phenomenon that is a normal part of everyone’s life. Therefore,
stress, by itself, is not necessarily good or bad. Its impact,
however, on the human body is very important to understand.
Reactions of the human body to stress can vary considerably
from person to person. When these reactions reach intolerable
levels in an individual, the physical well being of the individual
can be significantly affected.
The most frequent intolerable
reaction to stress is the increase in the anxiety level, which,
in turn, has drastic consequences on other systems in the
Common Causes of Stress
- actual danger
- physical and emotional stress
- Grief (such as from death of a loved one or loss of a job)
- drugs including caffeine, cold remedies (Cough/Cold Combination-
oral, Antihistamines and Decongestants - oral)
- bronchodilators, antidepressants,
- thyroid supplements
- withdrawal from drugs
- poor diet
Common Symptoms of Stress
Stress can be recognized in
one or more of the following symptoms:
- Anxiety is often accompanied
by twitching or trembling
- muscle tension or fatigue,
- headaches & memory problems
- profuse sweating,
- irritability, & sexual impotence,
- sleeplessness, & nightmares,
- dryness of mouth, with thirst
- difficulty in swallowing or choking sensation
- Sudden urge for stool or urine.
- mental excitement