Side Effects Of Stress



Important Side Effects of Stress

There are so many side effects of stress that can directly affect your current and future health. Stress is obviously a very common part of life to the average person. Not only are we currently dealing with economical stress, we are living in a time with heightened numbers of divorces, murders, teenage pregnancies, suicides, and much more. Stress is affecting the lives of millions of people throughout the world and most are completely unaware of the side effects of stress and its severity if continuous. Throughout this article we will examine all you need to know about stress and the possible side effects for your present and even for your future.


People undergo stress for a variety of reasons. Believe it or not, stress can affect everyone from children to adults and even your pets. The side effects of stress are generally be categorized into those that are short term (present) and those that are long term (future). Both are troublesome and therefore must be examined in detail.

When someone is stressed, regardless of the reason, their blood pressure immediately increases along with their heart rate. When you are startled you are likely to experience these symptoms as well as when you are in a heated argument with your spouse. However, the more subliminal short-term effects of stress include everything from an increase in your breathing to your body compensating for the need for excess glucose. However, you may have the following immediate symptoms: pain in the chest, shortness of breath, gas, abdominal pain, dry mouth, clammy hands, loose stools, headache, inability to sleep, frustration, and much more. With the short term effects, as soon as the stimulus (item causing the stress) is removed, the person’s body generally returns to its normal state.


Long term effects are obviously more severe and are as a result of extensive, prolonged stress in which the body is under constant stress. In this case scenario, the body does not get to return to the normal state of relaxation due to a high level of hormones related to stress. These side effects of stress are more serious and include but are not limited to the following: continuous headache, ulcer, drug dependency, inconsistent moods, heart problems, stroke, social isolation, asthma, irritable bowel diseases, etc. Even in the absence of stress it is likely that these symptoms continue to be a problem until treated.

People can become stressed in a variety of different situations. Some people may be more prone to stress at work due to the high demands that they are placed under. However, others may have a horrible home life that they view as incredibly stressful that is draining them both emotionally and physically. Regardless of the environment in which stress is being induced, the side effects of stress can be very serious and even life threatening in some circumstances.

It is important to know when you should see a doctor due to the stress side effects. Although stress is your body’s natural reaction to certain stimuli, stress can be a very bad thing for our physical and psychological health. Anyone who experiences the side effects listed above even after the removal from the stressful situation should seek medical attention.

In conclusion, stress is a very powerful natural reaction that can have very negative effects if prolonged and extreme. It is essential for anyone who feels they are continuing to experience the effects of stress outside of the stressful circumstance to contact their doctor for an appointment. Determining ways to reduce your stress level and coping methods may assist you with being able to live a healthier, longer life.