Effects on Individuals

Stress itself is not actually an illness but it can lead to an enormous range of mental and physical illnesses and health problems, including:

  • anxiety

  • asthma

  • behavioural problems, ranging from anger to apathy

  • bladder problems

  • bowel irritability

  • chest pain and palpitations

  • depression

  • diarrhoea

  • dry skin

  • eyelid spasms

  • hair loss

  • headaches and migraines

  • heart disease

  • hypertension

  • impotence

  • indigestion

  • itchy skin

  • loss of sleep

  • menstrual disorders, including irregular periods and pre-menstrual syndrome

  • muscular pains and tension in various parts of the body

  • nervous breakdown

  • nervous tics

  • rashes

  • relationship problems, both at work and at home

  • ringing in the ears

  • stomach aches

  • strokes

  • tiredness

  • tremors

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