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PostSubject: What Is Stress?   Sat Mar 06, 2010 6:21 pm

What Is Stress?

Everyone reacts differently when it comes to stress, and it's caused when you feel pressured. Small amounts of pressure can sometimes motivate you to do more, but when too much pressure is placed on you, it can lead to anxiety and panic attacks.

Your body releases three chemicals when it becomes stressed, these are adrenalin, cortisol and noradrenaline. These chemicals are the ones that make you want to fight back, and help you to deal with difficult situations. If for some reason you aren't able to deal with the problem at hand, these chemicals build up from not being used, and then physically you notice problems.

For instance, adrenaline and noradrenaline when they build up, cause increased sweat, blood pressure and heart rate, while the build of cortisol affects your immune system.

The symptoms are listed as follows;

  • anger,
  • depression,
  • anxiety,
  • changes in behaviour,
  • food cravings,
  • lack of appetite,
  • frequent crying,
  • difficulty sleeping (mental),
  • feeling tired, and
  • difficulty concentrating.

  • chest pains,
  • constipation or diarrhoea,
  • cramps or muscle spasms,
  • dizziness,
  • fainting spells,
  • nail biting,
  • nervous twitches,
  • pins and needles,
  • feeling restless,
  • a tendency to sweat,
  • sexual difficulties
  • breathlessness,
  • muscular aches, and
  • difficulty sleeping

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it would be wise to consult with your Doctor.
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