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Monday, July 21, 2008

Stress-Behavioral Symptoms and Ailments

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Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.—Voltaire
Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.—Jonathan Swift
I already knew my bank account would be down to zero by the time I get to Portland, and today it just got worse- SaylaMarz

Recession and foreclosures have created a lot of problems. Many have lost their homes and struggle to make ends meet. Loss of house and job are enough to make one decide to end one’s life. The stress felt by students or novices in jobs are easily overcome, unless they are extremely emotional in nature. But for a man with wife and children to take care of, recession, foreclosure, pink slip and loans on credit cards will create unmanageable stress. Relationship problems pose a greater danger.

Apart from the physical symptoms we saw in ‘Stress—its surface level symptoms’ that preceded this article, stress brings about varied behavioral changes in a person. The two main things that bring about these are anger, at self and at others, and deep-felt sorrow. These two result in confused and troubled thinking, negative thinking, poor analysis and end up in either destruction or withdrawal.

Anxiety may create racing heart symptoms and racing thoughts and which may result in unnecessary hurry in doing things without proper judgment. Forgetting the most important things and unnecessary worry and fear or anger may increase the stress.

If others get affected by one’s actions, guilt may also create stress and this may result in self-punishment and withdrawal from near ones. Withdrawal from social gatherings may also occur due to disease of self, or near ones and /or death of loved ones. Death, loss of limbs due to accident or other causes, chronic illness, all will affect an emotionally attached person very much.

Anger on the other hand may affect self as well as others. When one becomes angry, he may lose all mental balance and act very destructively. Those who suffer from inferiority complex may withdraw from social gatherings and become angry at themselves because of their incapacity to meet with occasions and this they may explode on near ones.

Stress will make one irritable and dissatisfied at everything and one’s mood may change at short notices. He may try to show off as normal and in seconds turn wild.

The stressed anger or sorrow increases with advice or solace. When people advice them to control their anger, they become much angrier and on the other hand soothing words make sad people weep uncontrollably.

Some others may turn to chain smoking or drinking. Drugs may also seem to bring solace to such stressed people. Impending danger to life or family or arrest or financial loss may make one worry a lot and lose objectivity. These may the result in a feeling of insecurity and make them suspect everyone and behave strangely.

Uncontrolled anger may turn into lunacy and sorrow may bring about withdrawal from society and end up in depression. One may start eating too much or too little. Insomnia or sleeplessness loss of weight and nervous breakdown will follow suit. Muscle non-co-ordination will also result.

So stress, in its extreme levels may result in insomnia, heart problems, digestion problems, nervous breakdown and depression. The remedy seems to be not in medicines, though medicines may reduce the external symptoms artificially and make it possible for others to maintain such affected people.

My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants.—J. Brotherton

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Stress—its surface level symptoms

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You can't run away from trouble. There ain't no place that far.—Uncle Remus
Stress is directly related to our ambitions, feelings, emotions and passions. So to remain calm even in adverse conditions and atmosphere is the best thing. To control one’s anger and not to get over attached to one’s children or parents, or to any possessions like house or business or material is another way to avoid the bad effects of stress. Dispossession, (to live without the use of things which we think we can not do without) is one way of training ourselves to be dispassionate and ready to meet adverse conditions.

Stress may affect us temporarily or permanently. It depends on how deep a person gets involved emotionally.

Getting angry or weeping may be the first reaction in many when things go wrong. For some this may appear in the form of headache developing into migraine later. A person may get this severe headache on the least mention or remembrance of the original incident-directly or indirectly even as in sun-migraine.

As written earlier, expectations bring about disappointments. The greater the former, the greater the latter. Disappointments may turn into dissatisfaction, frustration, disillusion, resulting in distress, turning into depression. All these start with the fast racing heart leading to chest pain and strokes. High pressure, the racing heart, pain in the chest are some related to heart and severe passion. Increased bile secretion and muscle tension are some other effects of tension and stress.

The need to concentrate and meet with a dead-line may cause many physical imbalances which include diarrhea or constipation, a hollow feeling in the chest, trembling in the lower extremities, and sweating even when in air-conditioned rooms. But these disappear when the work on hand comes to a pleasant end.

Living constantly in a stressed atmosphere may create weight loss and relationship problems. The person may be eating well or near ones may even say that the person is overeating but still the loss in weight may occur.

Some may get simple skin problems like eczema and some may develop allergy to certain things they have used regularly-eggs, fish, certain vegetables or even the smell of food. Nausea or vomiting may result.

Sleeplessness or insomnia is a dangerous symptom and should be immediately attended to.
But Stress is basically an emotion and ambition related problem. Everyone gets into stress now and then. So there is no escape from getting stressed. The escape lies with our attitude. Avoid the seven sins and one can live happily.

We have no right to ask when sorrow comes, "Why did this happen to me?" unless we ask the same question for every moment of happiness that comes our way. —Unknown

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