(PCM) Stress is unavoidable, and sadly, even stress in children is on the rise. Aside from the obvious signs of anxiety, such as headaches, muscle tension, sleep problems, irritability, etc., there are additional symptoms caused by stress that you may not even realize are linked.
Here are six weird signs you’re way too stressed out:
#1: Vomiting. According to Rodale, stress and anxiety can trigger vomiting and a condition called “cyclic vomiting syndrome,” in which people experience nausea and vomiting over an extended period of time. It often starts at the same time every day.
#2: Hair loss. There are two conditions associated with stress-induced hair loss: alopecia areata and telogen effluvium. The former is an autoimmune disorder, and the latter is linked to a stressful event.
# 3: Nosebleeds. A 2001 article in the British Medical Journal suggests that stressful events lead to spikes in blood pressure, which can trigger nosebleeds.
# 4: Memory loss. Chronic stress can expose the hippocampus, the area of the brain that controls your short-term memory, to high levels of cortisol, which can inhibit your ability to remember things. Fatigue and sleep problems are other causes of stress, and let’s face it, when you’re sleep deprived you’re usually not at your best.
# 5: Weakened immunity. If you’re constantly stressed, this one probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Stress shrinks your thymus gland, the gland that produces infection-fighting white blood cells, among other harmful effects on your immune system.
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If that weren’t enough to get your stress under control, it’s important to understand that left unchecked, stress can contribute to serious health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Stress kills! Get it under control with these tips!