Acute stress reaction

Acute stress reaction


What is an acute stress reaction?

Reactions to stress usually occur quickly i.e. symptoms developing rapidly, but usually do not last long.

· Examples of body symptoms are: palpitations (palpitations can also be a symptom of Thyroid disease, so this needs to be checked with a qualified doctor) Migraines can also be triggered by stress reactions, as I experienced many years ago when I heard the news, that my father had died. Other physical signs of acute stress reaction include nausea, breathing difficulties, exhaustion, chest pain, headaches, and abdominal pains.

· Examples of psychological symptoms include: crying, lack of concentration, anger, wanting to be alone, anxiety, depression, irritability, being on an emotional rollercoaster, insomnia.

Due to stress, stress hormones (such as adrenaline) trigger physical and psychological symptoms, these hormones are released into the bloodstream, and as a result symptoms occur, because of (sometimes) overactivity of nervous impulses to various parts of the body, this can manifest as ‘fight or flight’ syndrome

What situations can trigger stress?

· Family problems

· Bad news such as accidents or illnesses etc to loved ones

· Examinations

· Performances

· Travel

· Trauma

· Work incidents such as dealing with aggressive members of the public

The list is far reaching and perhaps you the reader could imagine adding your own personal experience to this list.

Help for reactions to stress

The time period of the above warning signs can be variable, lasting just a few minutes, sometimes longer, for hours or days.

A healthy body usually has effective curative methods for recovery and sometimes nothing is needed except time and/or help from friends or family members to recover from stress , however if you have more severe or prolonged symptoms or the stress signs last for longer-professional help may be needed such as a qualified:

· Doctor,

· Counsellor,

· Psychotherapist, 

· Hypnotherapist,

· Complimentary health professional.

Ways to help you relieve stress:

· Learning to relax

· Meditation

· Breathing techniques

· Anxiety management courses

· Advice from charity and government agencies, patient support groups and welfare agencies.


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