If there are different kinds of stressors, there are also different kinds of stress.


Kinds and Effects of Stress

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If there are different kinds of stressors, there are also different kinds of stress. In order to properly manage or treat stress, you should know what kind of stress you are experiencing.
Acute Stress
Acute Stress is considered the most common kind of stress as this stems from demands and pressures both of the recent past and immediate future. This kind of stress is usually short term and experiencing (and ultimately overcoming the stress) can be exhilarating at first (but will, of course, be taxing if experienced on a regular basis). Common symptoms of acute stress include emotional distress, muscular problems (tension headache, back pains), and gastro intestinal troubles (tummy aches and heartburns).
Episodic Acute Stress
As the term implies, episodic acute stress is one that is experienced on a regular basis. These are experience by those who live relatively disorderly and somewhat chaotic lives. People who are always rushing (and always late), always have too much to do and canft seem to cope up with their pressures your typical Type A personality - are the ones who are prone to episodic acute stress. People who are going through episodic acute stress usually respond to others in a hostile or angry manner.
Treatment of episodic acute stress will require intervention and professional guidance. However, it is important to note that people who experience episodic acute stress may not see anything wrong with the way they live their lives and attribute their stress to other people or events. Sufferers may also be quite resistant to change and may only be receptive to treatment if they are assured that afterwards, they will be relieved from pain and discomfort.
Chronic Stress
The last kind of stress is called chronic stress and is caused by long term exposure to stressors. This could be a person who is trapped in a love-less marriage, or a family who has been living in poverty for many years. A person who is under chronic stress may no longer see hope and deem every situation to be miserable.
Whatfs dangerous about chronic stress is that people who experience it are not really aware that they have it. Because they are so used to the stressors, they forget that they are under stress and just take everything as it comes. If left untreated, a person who has chronic stress may inflict harm upon himself (suicide) or others (violence). They are also more prone to ailments such as heart attacks, strokes or cancer. Treatment of chronic stress will require extended professional help coupled with behavioural treatment and even stress management.
Effects of Stress
Several emotional and physical disorders including but not limited to the common colds, headaches, depression, anxiety attacks, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, skin breakouts, gastro-intestinal ailments and even cancer, have been attributed to stress. Experts believe that the list of illnesses may expand as more and more data on the effects of stress are being discovered.