Signs and Symptoms of Too Much Stress

The situations and pressures that cause stress are known as stressors. We usually think of stressors as being negative, such as an exhausting work schedule or a rocky relationship. However, anything that puts high demands on you can be stressful.


Stress is a common trigger for headaches. Many studies have found that increased stress levels are associated with increased headache frequency.

Decreased Energy and Insomnia

Stress is associated with fatigue and disruptions in sleep, which may result in decreased energy levels.

Digestive Issues

Some studies have found that stress may be associated with digestive issues like constipation and diarrhea, especially in those with digestive disorders.

Appetite Changes

Studies show there may be an association between changes in appetite and stress levels. For some, higher levels of stress may also be associated with weight gain.

Rapid Heartbeat

Several studies have shown that high stress levels can cause a fast heartbeat or heart rate. Stressful events or tasks may also increase heart rate.


Some studies have found that high levels of stress may be associated with depression and depressive episodes. 


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