Stress Health Center

The symptoms of stress can range from the very mild, such as being slightly agitated or depressed, to extremely severe, causing severe psychological changes and physical discomfort. Everyone responds differently to stress, and similar stressful situations may elicit very different responses in different people.

Psychological symptoms

  • Excess anxiety, worry, guilt
  • Depression, dysthymia, or mood swings
  • Difficulty with concentration and attention
  • Feelings of loneliness, isloation, worthlessness
  • Loss of interest in previously pleasurable activities
  • Loss of productivity or efficiency at work or school
  • Excess irritability, anger, or frustration

Physical symptoms

  • Headache, TMJ pain, teeth grinding
  • Nausea, stomach pain, heartburn
  • pain in the neck, upper back, or shoulders
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • weight loss or weight gain without intent
  • sudden panic attacks that can cause chest pain or hyperventilation
  • loss of sexual appetite
  • itching, hives, rashes
  • chest pain or heart palpitations

This is not a complete list of symptoms. There are many other physical and pyschological manifestations of stress that you can speak with your doctor about.

Review Date: 
March 14, 2012
Last Updated:
June 28, 2013