Symptoms of stress may range from physical signs (like sweating), mental or psychological disorders (memory loss) to emotional prejudices (nervousness).
In most cases, stressed people experience a combination of these symptoms from the three categories: psychological, physical or/and emotional. These symptoms are correlated and patients may experience some or all of them.
The psychologically effects of stress present themselves in many different forms. Many stressed people will feel somehow confused, disorganized and forgetful. These often result in loss of memory, poor judgment and lack of interest in what they're doing.
It is also too difficult to maintain your concentration when you're stressed out. Stressed out people become emotional and thus make biased decisions and their perceptions of other people's ideas are fuzzy.
Other psychological symptoms or effects of stress may include:
- Diminished fantasy life
- Math errors
- Negative self-talk
- Stop thinking
- Pessimism (negative or pessimistic)
Physical symptoms of stress include among others, headaches, sweating (sweaty palms), nausea, sleep apnea, sleeplessness, tiredness and pain.
In other people symptoms are more serious and include the following - heart pounding, indigestion, fatigue, diarrhea, tight muscles and stomach cramps. Some people may also have their skin breaking out, hands become too cold, and shortness of breath.
Other symptoms may include:
- Holding of your breath
- Sleep too much
- Facial swelling
- Weight loss
- Chest pain
- High blood pressure
- Eating disorders
- Abnormal heartbeat
Accompanying physical and psychological symptoms are emotional effects of stress. Most women suffer more from emotional stress than men.
When people are stressed out, they tend to become more anxious about everything and become quickly irritated. Depending on the situation, some people become depressed and hostile when they're excessively pressurized.
Other emotional symptoms of stress may include:
- Mood variation
- Lack of sense of humor
- Emotional response or reaction
- Substance abuse (which may aggravate your sinusitis)
- Fearfulness (phobia)