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Am I stressed?

Sometimes it's difficult to tell the difference between stress and anxiety. The physical symptoms are similar. However, with stress most people can work out what's causing it, while anxiety can be a more general feeling with no obvious cause.

Most of us have symptoms of stress at some stage. Overcoming challenges is just part of life. But when the stress doesn't let up, or we feel out of control and unable to cope, stress can start to damage our health or the health of those close to us.

What are the symptoms of stress?

Different people have different symptoms, but there are three broad types.

Physical symptoms

Stress can make our body react in ways we can't control. These symptoms include things like:

Emotional symptoms

When we are stressed we often have upsetting feelings or thoughts that we can't control. Emotional symptoms can include things like:

 

Behavioural symptoms

When we are stressed we can start acting in ways that we know are harmful, but feel we can't control it.

On the next page: What causes stress?

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. July 2014.

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See also:

Anxiety in adults

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