Stress has a big impact on our mental, physical, and emotional health. Stress, in a clinical sense, refers to events that cause an individual great discomfort and distress. There are many different types of stress with their own characteristics, symptoms, durations and treatments. 

Acute Stress

Acute stress is the most common form of stress. 

Symptoms include:

  • Increased heart rate

  • Increased blood pressure

  • Chest pain

  • Headache

  • Irritability

  • Stomach pain

The symptoms last for a short time, until the stressed feeling subsides. 

Acute Stress Basics

Coping with Acute Stress

Ways to Reduce Stress

Episodic Acute Stress

Episodic Acute Stress is less common and a little more serious than Acute. 

The symptoms are similar to Acute Stress, but can extend to depression and anxiety if left untreated. 

Ways to treat stress:

  • Exercise

  • Visiting therapist weekly 

  • Staying away from drugs and alcohol 

  • Taking a break from what is causing the stress and doing a loved activity

Info About Episodic Stress

Types of Stress

Chronic Stress

The least common kind of stress, but the most serious. Chronic Stress is caused over a lifetime of events beyond a person's control. 

The symptoms include: 

  • Fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Changes in appetite 

  • Low self-esteem

Tips to Address Chronic

Info on Chronic Stress

5 Things to Know About Chronic Stress

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