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Stress: Causes and Symptoms of Stress

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Causes of Stress

Causes of stress can be classified as

  • External Causes: These include
    • Financial problems
    • Busyness
    • Major life changes
    • Work problems
    • Relationship difficulties
    • Children and family
  • Internal Causes: These include
    • Inability to accept uncertainty
    • Pessimism
    • Negative self-talk
    • Unrealistic expectations
    • Perfectionism
    • Lack of assertiveness

Symptoms of Stress

Symptoms of stress can be classified as

  • Cognitive Symptoms:
    • Poor judgment
    • Seeing only the negative
    • Anxious or racing thoughts
    • Memory problems
    • Inability to concentrate
    • Constant worrying
  • Emotional Symptoms:
    • Agitation, inability to relax
    • Feeling overwhelmed
    • Moodiness
    • Irritability or sh…

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Stress: Effects of Stress

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Effects of Stress

  • Burnout: Stress can sometimes result in the complete mental and physical exhaustion called burnout. The emotional state includes feelings of being trapped, hopelessness, and helplessness. It is a state of loose motivation and interest. Symptoms include increased fatigue, immune breakdown, and viral infection, loss of energy, negative thoughts, increase detachment, and conflicts. It can be avoided by training sessions, re-evaluation of positive goals, comforts, identify demands, decrease excessive commitments, learn stress management, family support, exercises, …

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