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11 Stress Symptoms to Know About, According to Mental Health Experts

These symptoms might clue you in to the fact that you need to minimize your stress level ASAP

By | Maggie O’Neill |

Stress, unfortunately, is unavoidable: Everyone experiences it at some point. By definition, stress is “a feeling of emotional or physical tension,” according to MedlinePlus, a resource from the US National Library of Medicine (USNLM), and “it can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous.”

When you picture someone feeling “stressed,” you might picture that emotional strain described above and assume the effects of stress stop there. But stress can take a huge toll on your body, causing a variety of symptoms from acne to headaches. Why? Stress—especially chronic stress—uses a lot of your energy. “When it’s triggered every day, you’re taking energy from the other systems of your body,” Cynthia Ackrill, MD, a stress expert, and editor of the American Institute of Stress’s Contentment Magazine, tells Health.

In short, stress can cause multiple bodily systems to malfunction because your body is spending so much energy dealing with the stress. Everyone reacts to stress differently, so a side effect that many people experience might not ever happen to you. Below, you’ll find a list of common symptoms that some people experience as a result of chronic stress.

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