Kinds Of Stress

We are all experiencing it in a form or another, and, which is sometimes worse, we are all speaking about how stressed we are. But what is stress and what are the most distinctive kinds of stress? Stress is defined by a feeling, in fact, the woundup tight, overloaded, worried and tense feeling people tend to have. But stress can also be something good, if you look at it from a psychologist’s perspective.

Good stress or eustress can be the euphoria sensation we all feel when we are stimulated by a success, a good or exciting thing that is going to happen. Bad stress is also commonly named distress by specialists. But, commonly, people call it “stress” when they are rather tense about something. Below, you can read a short review of the different kinds of stress known.

1) Acute Stress is known as the most common form of stress; it generally arises from an immediate situation, an impending deadline, a form of personal or professional pressure on the individual or an immediate threat. Normally, this form of stress is short term and it doesn’t incur any damage to the individual. According to specialists, it is one of the highly treatable kinds of stress.  Its most common symptoms include muscular ache, headache, stomach or bowel movements, heartburn, acid reflux, elevation in blood pressure, migraines and dizziness.

2) Episodic Acute Stress is common to people who tend to be disorganized in their daily activities. These are episodes similar to panic attacks, and can occur every day or even several times a day. The symptoms of this stress form are constant headaches, a permanent state of arousal, chest pain. They can easily lead to heart disease. The people who experience these kinds of stress on a daily basis are the cardiac prone ones, that psychologists name Type A personalities, the always agitated, irritable ones.

3) Chronic Stress is the worst of all possible kinds of stress and it is highly recommendable that people who suffer from it seek medical assistance. This is a form of stress that builds in time and it involves a perpetual state. It often appears to manifest when a bad situation appears in life and the individual doesn’t see a way to get out of it.  Stress of this kind comes from personal problems, workplace issues, health problems or financial woes. Some kinds of stress start in early childhood, due to a traumatic event and the individual can carry them around throughout adulthood. Some of these kinds of stress will grow to change the individual’s personality, their way of relating to the world. The worst part about this deep form of stress is that a person can reach a point where they no longer care and are no longer looking for a solution to get out of their predicament. If they are not diagnosed and treated accordingly, these forms of chronic stress can result in suicide or violent death.

Other types of classifications when speaking about the different kinds of stress include traumatic stress, nutritional stress, chemical or psycho-spiritual stress.