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Distress

Nowadays stress became an important part of our everyday life. Stress is coming from people we communicate, from events happening around, from unexpected threats, from family members, etc. Some scientists recommend considering stress as a challenge and just a part of our life – problematic relationships, obstacles in our jobs, financial problems, family conflicts, children difficulties, etc. All stressful factors are recognized by our body as threat and body normal response is physical response to events that make us feel threatened or upset. Generally speaking, the stress response is the body’s way of protecting us – helping us to stay focused, active and alert. And what is Distress?

Distress is a kind of negative stress – response to different types of upsetting event including changes in job, school or university; changes in life; severe trauma; psychological difficulties; accidents and injuries; death of loved once. There are two types of distress – acute distress and chronic distress.

Distress is a kind of stress you cannot handle – if something negative is “attacking” and/or threatening you and you cannot adapt to this stress. Generally speaking, negative stressor causes distress – it occurs when your body cannot return to normal relaxed state even in the absence of the stressor. Very often distress called “negative stress” or “bad stress”.

Negative stress is the most common type of stress experienced by women and distress is a cause of many negative disturbances including menstrual dysfunctions, anxiety, fatigue, depression, unhappiness, loneliness and even several illnesses.

In most cases bad stress blocks positive emotions, happiness, positive feelings and success. If distress prolonged, women could become emotionally, mentally and physically disturbed and sometimes even very sick.

Women who experience distress are always in bad mood, complaining about life and bad fortune, feeling unhappy and miserable, suffering from sleep disorders and menstrual dysfunctions. Distressed women usually feel victims – “losers” with low self-esteem, decreased abilities for problem solutions, unfulfilled and unsuccessful. Distress is a big enemy of success, creativity, happiness, accomplishment and winning.

Woman in Distress

Acute Distress

Acute negative stress is body response to quick immediate attack and/or threat – this type of distress is known as “fight or flight” body response. Stressors for acute distress could be real or false, strong or medium. Different persons can response to the same stressor very differently.

Common causes for acute distress could be unexpected noise, infection, unusual crowding, physical or emotional isolation, real danger or imagined threat, hunger or binge eating.

In most cases after short-term acute negative stress the body response becomes inactivated and levels of stress hormones return to normal. Post acute distress period called “relaxation body response”.

Main symptoms of acute distress could be physical and emotional.

Physical symptoms of acute distress could be changes in sleeping patterns, changes in menstrual cycle, changes in eating habits, unexpected headaches, neck tension, back pain, frequent colds, weakness, dizziness, etc.

Emotional symptoms of acute distress usually include dramatic mood swings, irritation and overreaction, anger, increased frustration with minor annoyances, nervousness, lack of concentration, anxiety, depression, etc.

Chronic Distress

Chronic distress is usually a result of long-term pressure and/or long-term threat. Most common causes of chronic distress could be on-going overloading and overworking (at office or at home); long-term problematic personal relationships; loneliness without solutions; chronic diseases; on-going financial problems, etc.

Main symptoms of chronic distress could include negative mood swings, depression, anxiety, irregular periods, infertility, lower self-esteem, not adequate mental reactions, sleep disorders, etc.

Nowadays stress became an important part of our everyday life. Stress is coming from people we communicate, from events happening around, from unexpected threats, from family members, etc. Some scientists recommend considering stress as a challenge and just a part of our life – problematic relationships, obstacles in our jobs, financial problems, family conflicts, children difficulties, etc. All stressful factors are recognized by our body as threat and body normal response is physical response to events that make us feel threatened or upset. Generally speaking, the stress response is the body’s way of protecting us – helping us to stay focused, active and alert.

Distress is a kind of negative stress – response to different types of upsetting event including changes in job, school or university; changes in life; severe trauma; psychological difficulties; accidents and injuries; death of loved once. There are two types of negative stress – acute and chronic.

Negative stress is a kind of stress you cannot handle – if something negative is “attacking” and/or threatening you and you cannot adapt to this stress. Generally speaking, negative stressor causes negative stressful situation – it occurs when your body cannot return to normal relaxed state even in the absence of the stressor. Very often distress called “negative stress” or “bad stress”.

Distress is the most common type of stress experienced by women and it is a cause of many negative disturbances including menstrual dysfunctions, anxiety, fatigue, depression, unhappiness, loneliness and even several illnesses.

In most cases negative stress blocks positive emotions, happiness, positive feelings and success. If negative stress prolonged, women could become emotionally, mentally and physically disturbed and sometimes even very sick.

Women who experience negative stress are always in bad mood, complaining about life and bad fortune, feeling unhappy and miserable, suffering from sleep disorders and menstrual dysfunctions. Stressed women usually feel victims – “losers” with low self-esteem, decreased abilities for problem solutions, unfulfilled and unsuccessful. Negative stress is a big enemy of success, creativity, happiness, accomplishment and winning.

 


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