2nd October 2019


What is a chronic stress?

Chronic stress is the response to emotional pressure suffered for a prolonged period of time in which an individual perceives he or she has little or no control. It involves an endocrine system response in which corticosteroids are released.

Accordingly, what are the five symptoms of chronic stress?

  • Depression or general unhappiness.
  • Anxiety and agitation.
  • Moodiness, irritability, or anger.
  • Feeling overwhelmed.
  • Loneliness and isolation.
  • Other mental or emotional health problems.

What are some examples of chronic stress?

Further examples related to chronic psychological stress include serious life events like the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, loneliness, or ongoing marital problems. Prolonged chronic mental stress stemming from this can lead to increased blood pressure, which predisposes a person to getting a stroke.

What is an acute stressor?

Acute stress disorder is characterized by the development of severe anxiety, dissociation, and other symptoms that occurs within one month after exposure to an extreme traumatic stressor (e.g., witnessing a death or serious accident). As a response to the traumatic event, the individual develops dissociative symptoms.