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Physical Effects of Stress


Here is an amazing overview of the numerous body systems that are affected by stress. Equally as important but often less appreciated is the cumulative damage unchecked stress does to various systems, organs and tissues all over the body.

Although mental and emotional effects of stress often get more attention simply because physical effects of stress are at first undetectable or overlooked (and later disregarded), it is crucial to learn how to handle stress for our body to function properly.

Physical or mental stresses may cause physical dysfunctions and illness as well as mental or emotional problems.

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Here you see the body systems most affected by stress.

  • Hair – High stress levels may cause excessive early or rapid graying of hair, hair loss and some forms of baldness.
  • Brain – Stress triggers mental and emotional problems by upsetting neural function and neurochemcial balance, resulting in such things as insomnia, headaches, personality changes,irritability, anxiety and depression.
  • Mouth – Excessive dryness, mouth ulcers etc. are often symptoms of stress. Additionally lack of saliva interferes with the digestive process and the immune system since saliva contains enzymes, antibodies etc.
  • Muscles – Neck and shoulder pain are common symptoms of stress tension. Spasmodic pain, musculoskeletal aches, lower back pain, and muscular twitches and tics are noticeable under stress
  • Heart – Cardiovascular disease and hypertension are linked to accumulated stress.
  • Lungs – High levels of stress affect breathing rate, which creates a domino effect of oxygen deprivation related disorders. Stress also triggers such things as asthmatic conditions.
  • Digestive Tract – Stress can cause or aggravate diseases of the digestive tract including gastritis, stomach and duodenal ulcers, ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Reproductive Organs – Stress is related to many menstrual disorders and recurrent vaginal infections in women, and impotence and premature ejaculation in men.
  • Skin – Some individuals react to stress with outbreaks of skin problems, such as psoriasis and eczema.
  • Joints – Stress is related to joint and musculoskeletal aches and pains.