A stressful person is mostly off mood and hostile to work. His thought process, general behavior, feelings and dealings with others, all are affected. He begins to feel sad, hopeless, worthless, irritable and full of guilt. Little things make him irritable. He can not make a decision and in an extreme case, becomes suicidal or develops addiction in an attempt to overcome his depressed state.

What Are the Symptoms of Stress?

Stress can affect all aspects of your life, including your emotions, behaviors, thinking ability, and physical health. No part of the body is immune. But, because people handle stress differently, symptoms of stress can vary. Symptoms can be vague and may be the same as those caused by medical conditions. So it is important to discuss them with your doctor. You may experience any of the following symptoms of stress.

Emotional symptoms of stress include:

* Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody
* Feeling overwhelmed like you are losing control or need to take control
* Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
* Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed
* Avoiding others

Physical symptoms of stress include:

* Low energy
* Headaches
* Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea
* Aches, pains, and tense muscles
* Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
* Insomnia
* Frequent colds and infections
* Loss of sexual desire and/or ability
* Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet
* Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
* Clenched jaw and grinding teeth

Cognitive symptoms of stress include:

* Constant worrying
* Racing thoughts
* Forgetfulness and disorganization
* Inability to focus
* Poor judgment
* Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side

Behavioral symptoms of stress include:

* Changes in appetite – either not eating or eating too much
* Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities
* Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes
* Exhibiting more nervous behaviors, such as nail biting, fidgeting, and pacing