Stress and Pain Management Educatio

Signs of Stress

General irritability, hyperactivity or depression
Pounding of the heart
Dryness in the mouth and throat
Emotional instability; strong urges to run or fight
Inability to concentrate, confusion
Accident proneness
Feelings of weakness or dizziness
Floating anxiety or panic feelings for no known reason
Emotional tension, alertness or feelings of being keyed up
Trembling, nervous tics
High pitched, nervous laughter
Sleeping problems
Grinding teeth
Frequent need to urinate
Stomach and bowel problems, indigestion, pain, nausea, constipation or diarrhea
Loss of or excessive appetite
Migraine or tension headaches
Neck or lower back pain
Increased smoking
Alcohol or drug problems, including abuse or excessive use of tobacco
(nicotine), tranquilizers, sleeping pills and/or caffeine

From: The Stress of Life by Hans Selye MD.

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