How Can Emotional Stress Effect You? Here Are 50 Ways….

People come to see me mostly because they start out in pain and then figure out that health is connected to their nervous system and lifestyle choices.  Most of the time, patient understand how falling, tripping, sleeping wrong or any other type of physical stress can effect them but in a lot of cases, they are not connected to how emotional stress can play a part in their health.

It has been shown over the years that there are numerous emotional and physical disorders that have been linked to stress.  Some of the most common health issues are because of increased emotional stress in our lives.   Depression, anxiety, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension as well as immune system disturbances that increase susceptibility to infections.   The common cold, herpes, AIDS and certain cancers, as well as autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis can be linked with emotional stress.

We have all heard stories of friends or loved ones who have “broken out” with a rash because of stress or have had skin outbreakes like rashes, hives or atopic dermatitis.  Stress can contribute and exacerbate the gastrointestinal system (GERD, peptic ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease).  Sleeping patterns can be disrupted leading to insomnia.   Degenerative neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease have been shown to be linked to emotional stress. In almost all health issues, emotional stress can be a huge factor.

Here is a diagram of areas effected by stress and 50 common signs and symptoms:

Here is another list of issues that are caused by stress:
1. Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or pain (TMJ)
2. Gritting, grinding teeth (also can lead to TMJ)

3. Stuttering or stammering

4. Tremors, trembling of lips, hands

5. Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms

6. Light headedness, faintness, dizziness

7. Ringing, buzzing or “popping” sounds in ears

8. Frequent blushing, sweating…feeling hot

9. Cold or sweaty hands, feet

10. Dry mouth, problems swallowing

11. Frequent colds, infections, herpes sores

12. Rashes, itching, hives, “goose bumps”

13. Unexplained or frequent “allergy” attacks

14. Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea

15. Excess belching, flatulence

16. Constipation, diarrhea, loss of control of systems

17. Difficulty breathing, frequent sighing. Feeling like you don’t get enough air

18. Sudden attacks of life threatening panic

19. Chest pain, palpitations, rapid pulse

20. Frequent urination

21. Diminished sexual desire or performance

22. Excess anxiety, worry, guilt, nervousness

23. Increased anger, frustration, hostility

24. Depression, frequent or wild mood swings

25. Increased or decreased appetite
26. Insomnia, nightmares, disturbing dreams

27. Difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts

28. Trouble learning new information – (it is hard to concentrate if you are upset or stressed)

29. Forgetfulness, disorganization, confusion

30. Difficulty in making decisions

31. Feeling overloaded or overwhelmed

32. Frequent crying spells or suicidal thoughts

33. Feelings of loneliness or worthlessness

34. Little interest in appearance or punctuality

35. Nervous habits, fidgeting, feet tapping

36. Increased frustration, irritability, edginess

37. Overreaction to petty things in life – becoming annoyed

38. Increased number of minor accidents

39. Obsessive or compulsive behavior

40. Reduced work efficiency or productivity

41. Lies or excuses to cover up poor work

42. Rapid or mumbled speech

43. Excessive defensiveness or suspiciousness

44. Problems in communication or sharing information

45. Social withdrawal and isolation

46. Constant tiredness, weakness, fatigue

47. Frequent use of over-the-counter drugs

48. Weight gain or loss without diet

49. Increased smoking, alcohol or drug use

50. Excessive gambling or impulse buying

I am sure we have all experienced at least one of these symptoms in our life and if you think about it, we were pretty stressed.  FYI: Chiropractic care decreases stress that has accumulated in the body and is effecting your systems.   If you are experiencing anything above and want to be healthier and function as efficiently as possible, give us a call.  We are here to help you with your health and wellness goals.

References: http://www.stress.org/stress-effects/