Issues / symptoms


When it come to the physical and psychological indication of stress there is no single or defining a symptom.. Stress can manifest itself in so many) different ways. The danger signals for one person can be completely different for someone else.

On this page are two lists of some of the most common symptoms - physical and psychological.

Physical symptoms

psychological symptoms

Alcohol Anger
Blood pressure elevated Concentration – loss of
Bruxism - teeth grinding Cravings – unhealthy foods
Dry mouth and/or throat Changes to eating patterns
Headaches Feeling of being outside oneself
High blood pressure Feeling as though lost
Indigestion Forgetfulness
Sweaty palms Impulsiveness – buying, gambling
Nausea Humour – lack or loss of
Palpitations Indecisive
Skin problems – rashes Intolerance – irritability
Smoking Loneliness – feeling of, low libido – reduced sex drive
Hyperventilation Frustration – low levels, easily upset

Just to name a few, other symptoms are, sleep problems, insomnia, nightmares and constantly waking during the night.

Panic attacks

A panic attack can be described as an intense feeling or fear or extreme nervousness that is bought on abruptly. Typically, these feelings of terror or apprehension occur without warning and disproportionate to the actual threat or danger. Panic attacks usually last for a brief duration. However, the effects of a panic attack can linger for several hours.

Panic attacks frequently involve a combination of emotional, cognitive and physical symptoms. For example, when experiencing a panic attack, a person may feel embarrassed or distraught over their symptoms. A variety of somatic symptoms may occur such as pain, weakness, shortness of breath, excessive thoughts, feeling and behaviours. Somatic symptoms involves the person having a significant focus on their symptoms.

Some physical symptoms include shaking, sweating and chest pain. The person may fear that they might lose control of their body and mind. Overall these symptoms can lead to a feeling of terror, causing the person to want to escape from their situation.

List of common phobias

Phobias are surprisingly common, but what do people fear the most. The following phobias are the most common objects or situations that lead to marked fear and symptoms such as dizziness, nausea and to marked breathlessness. In some cases, these symptoms can escalate into a full blown panic attack (see panic attack under issues)

Social phobia (social anxiety disorder) and agoraphobia are in their own category of anxiety disorders, and the remaining phobias are considered, specific phobias, related to a particular object or situation.

  • Arachnophobia Spiders
  • Ophidiophobia Snakes
  • Acrophobia Heights
  • Aerophobia Flying
  • Cynophobia Dogs
  • Astraphobia Thunder / lightening
  • Trypanophobia Injections (including dentist)
  • Social phobia (as mentioned above) Fear of social situations
  • Agoraphobia Fear of being alone in a situation
  • or place where escape is difficult
  • Mysophobia Fear of germs and dirt