Mental Stress Symptoms

Confusion

Confusion is characterized by the inability to think in ones usual level of clarity, and can result in impairing decision-making, as well as feelings of disorientation, other symptoms can include, blurred or fuzzy thinking, clouded thoughts, feeling confused or disoriented, inability to think clearly or quickly, memory loss and change in normal mental state.

Wandering Mind

Wandering mind is normally characterized by inability to remain focused, maintain concentration even for short period of time and is difficult to control.

Relaxation

Unable to relax can be characterized in a number of ways, these include, grinding of teeth, biting finger nails, tightness in our body, especially our jaws, shoulders and neck at a physical level, mentally it fills one's day with exaggerated worry and tension, even though there is little or nothing to provoke it.

Low Self-Esteem

Low Self-Esteem is characterized in many ways some of which include having a low opinion of oneself and ones abilities, making negative "I am" statements, fearing new experiences and changes, lacking trust, exaggerated responses to disappointments, constant attempts as wanting to be perfect, but sees self as far from perfect, strong need for approval and constant support, feelings of hopelessness, lacking energy and motivation, even small tasks appear intimidating, and boasting or exaggerates successes to cover up feelings of inadequacy.

Panic Attacks

Panic attacks is an intense period of fear and distress, usually accompanied by an urgent need to “get out,” “get away,” or escape to safety. The distress is generally accompanied by strong physical symptoms such as tight throat, hyperventilation, dizziness or lightheadedness, pins and needles sensations, sweating, nausea, heart palpitations and discomfort, tightness or pain in the chest.

Insomnia

Insomnia is difficulty falling or staying asleep, lying awake for long periods of time, waking up in the middle of the night, frequent dreams, nightmares, feeling as though you haven’t slept at all and feeling worse in the morning.

Hyperactivity

Hyperactivity is characterised by a range of symptoms that causes feelings such as a need to talk faster and do things faster. It can lead confused and irrational behaviour, and can make one behave in uncharacteristic ways. It’s a common feature of anxiety, stress, as well as drug withdrawal and will pass in time.

Obsessive Thoughts

Obsessive thoughts is characterised by uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts and repetitive, ritualised behaviors one feels compelled to perform even though they may recognize that the obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors are irrational – but even so, they are unable to resist them and break free.

Repetitive thinking

Repetitive thinking is characterised by thoughts, mental images, songs, opinions that are “stuck” in the mind and are replayed over and over again without any ability to exert any control.

Poor Judgment

Poor judgment is characterised by the inability to make a judgment or decision even for simple actions.

Disorientation

Disorientated is characterised as the loss of one's sense of direction, position, or relationship with one's surroundings, this may be temporary or permanent state of confusion regarding place, time, or personal identity.

Detatchment

Detached or behavior patterns characterised by general aloofness in personal interactions; may include intellectualisation, denial, and superficiality, and may give rise to feelings of not a part of what is going on, or sensations of being a dream state or ‘out of touch with things’.

Nightmares

Nightmares, like dreams are tend to reflect what is going on in our daily waking life. When we are confused, distressed or disturbed our dreams are more likely to be too. However unpleasant nightmares maybe, they are largely harmless although they can leave one with feelings disturbed or disorientated. By practicing breathing and relaxation exercises we can master our sleep and reduce the frequency of such disturbing nightmares.

Difficulty in Thinking

Difficult thinking is characterised by the inability to carry out simple logical actions such as doing math or following simple instructions.