Identifying Different Types of Stress

There are many types of stress that are distinguishable by the symptoms and sensations that the individual feels, how they react and how long these feelings persist among other variables.

Stress will have a great impact on an individuals energy level. Stress types are listed below with a brief description attached to help differentiate between the different types of stress.

Acute Stress Coming to a crisis quickly. These are short spontaneous reactions rather than extended and prolonged reactions.

Chronic Stress Continuing for a long period, constant and persistent causing alterations to the body’s biochemical makeup.

Panic Disorder – A sudden, unreasonable, overpowering fear. Occurs abruptly and may last from minutes to hours.

Agoraphobia – Fear of being in public arenas. This stress is caused by the individual’s fear of having a panic attack in the presence of large groups of people and the embarrassment that this reaction would cause the sufferer.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Advanced Acute Stress Disorder lasting for periods over one month when the symptoms are sever enough to interfere with normal activities which may consist of home confinement.

Childhood separation anxiety or Adult separation anxiety – stems from a psychological condition causing excessive fear and anxiety of separation, loss, or feeling abandoned by a close loved one to whom the individual has a strong emotional attachment that contributes to ones sense of safety, security and companionship.

Social Anxiety Disorder - Caused by stress induced when placed in a situation where interaction with the
public is inevitable. The individual fears being publicly
judged with a disapproving and harsh analysis.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder – This anxiety is caused by unremitting worry. There may not be any specific issue or event causing the worry. The individual suffers from apprehension and fear but cannot distinguish the source.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Ones’ mind is constantly occupied or troubled to an excessive degree. This individual has many reoccurring persistent ideas or feelings that are hard to control on their part. This can cause compulsive actions that are irrational but uncontrollable contributing to a neurotic behavior when they become fixated on an object or thought.

Phobias – This is a stress caused by an exaggerated fear of a particular stimulus. There are many types of phobias such as fear of heights; closed in spaces, water, animals etc. this could be any item that has a strong foundation of terror.

Bipolar disorder - is defined by its presence of abnormally elevated energy levels as well as disruptions and inconsistencies of thought patterns, triggering mood swings brought on by these thought patterns. Clinically these disruptions are classified as mania, hypomania, depression, mixed states and rapid cycling.

Acute Stress Disorder This individual has suffered from a traumatic event that caused personal feelings of defenselessness and vulnerability, these feeling may in turn cause the person to withdraw from society or suppress thoughts of the fearful memories of the event.

Discovering what stressors effect your daily life is important when you want to place balance in your life.


Take the time now to reduce the different types of stress you feel in your day to day life that stop you from reaching your goals and discover your inner peace and passions.

You've got one chance, one life, to bring those passions out and find the happiness and contentment that you've always wanted.

For proper diagnosis of the types of stress that an individual is suffering from it is best to consult a physician or specialist in behavioral therapy.

There are many stress relief techniques that can assist in lowing stress levels. One of the most important is breathing techniques. Medications may be necessary depending on the type of stress that is being experienced and the effects that this type of stress is causing both emotionally and physically.
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