Signs of stress
Tiredness; Difficulty sleeping, or else spending a lot of time in bed; Nightmares; Headaches; Back pain; Inability to relax; Dry mouth and throat; Feeling sick or dizzy; Pounding heart; Sweating and trembling; Stomach-ache and diarrhea; Loss of appetite, or over-eating; Feeling very hot or cold; Shortness of breath; Shallow, fast breathing; Hyper-vigilance; Irregular menstruation; Frequent need to urinate; Increased risk of ulcers, high blood pressure and coronary heart disease.
Depression; Tearfulness, or feeling a desire to cry but being unable to; Mood swings; Anger (at self or others); Agitation; Impatience; Guilt and shame; Shock; Feelings of helplessness and inadequacy; Feeling different or isolated from others; Feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope; Feeling rushed all the time; Anxiety; Panic or phobias; Loss of sense of humor; Boredom; Lowered self-esteem; Loss of confidence; Unrealistic expectations (of self and others); Insecurity; Becoming self-centered, and unable to think about others; Feelings of vulnerability; Feeling worthless.
Withdrawal from others or becoming dependent on them; Irritability; Critical of self and others; Relationship problems; Lack of self-care; Nail biting; Picking at skin; Speaking in slow monotonous voice, or fast, agitated speech; Taking unnecessary risks (e.g. when driving); Trying to do several things at once; Lack of initiative; Working long hours; Poor productivity; Loss of job satisfaction; Carelessness; Absenteeism; Promiscuity, or loss of interest in sex; Increased smoking or use of alcohol or drugs (including prescription drugs); Excessive spending or other activities to try to take one’s mind off the situation; Loss of motivation; Self-harm or suicidal behavior.
Concentration and memory difficulties; Indecisiveness; Procrastination; Pessimism; Thinking in ‘all or nothing’ terms; Very sensitive to criticism; Self-critical thoughts; Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities; Imagining that the worst will happen; Preoccupation with health; Expecting to die young; Inflexibility; Confusion and disorientation; Excessive fears (e.g. about being attacked); Trying to avoid thinking about problems; Avoiding any reminders of a traumatic experience; Flashbacks, or intrusive thoughts about difficulties; Hindsight thinking (‘If only...’ ‘why didn’t I...’); Negative thoughts about oneself, one’s work, family, the future, and the world; Time seems to slow down or speed up; Suicidal thoughts.
Questioning the meaning of life; Loss of purpose; Loss of hope; Changes in beliefs; Doubts; Giving up faith; Legalism; Rigidity; Cynicism; Loss of sense of community with others; Sense of being abandoned; Submission to excessive control (e.g. may join a religious cult); Spiritual dryness; Unforgiveness; Bitterness; Feeling distant from God; Difficulty praying; Anger at God or at life.