What to look for: Stress
Learn about the thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical symptoms associated with stress.
The symptoms here are ones that show up early on, other symptoms may develop later. Everyone experiences stress differently and not everyone will have all the symptoms.
- Find it hard to concentrate on what you’re doing
- Have trouble making decisions
- Forget things more than usual
- Have thoughts that constantly run through your head
- Feel irritable
- Feel overwhelmed
- Get frustrated easily by things you used to handle pretty well
- Feel you might lose control or not be able to handle things anymore
- Stop doing activities that were fun or important to you
- Use alcohol or drugs to deal with stress
Physical Signs add
- Feel dizzy or light-headed
- Notice changes in your appetite or sleep patterns
- Feel exhausted or worn out
- Feel sick or have no appetite
- Have headaches and/or muscle tension in the back and neck
Keep in mind that symptoms are changes from your usual routines or habits. Not everyone experiences the same set of symptoms or to the same level. The above symptoms occur occasionally for most people, but they can also be indications of a physical health problem. Being able to recognize these symptoms and taking action can prevent problems from getting worse.
Symptoms experienced as a result of stress can range in
- Intensity from mild to severe
- How long they’ve been going on
- How much they interfere in daily life
Concerned about someone else?
It can be difficult to understand why a friend is so stressed, even over stuff that doesn’t seem to matter. Telling them to not stress so much won’t help. For information on how to support a friend, visit Supporting a Friend.
Families are often the first to notice changes and become concerned. For information on how to support a young person, visit Supporting a Family Member.
If you want to find out if this is something you are experiencing or are looking for tips to help manage stress here are a few options.