Psychological Stress
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Charles Carlson, DO, MS

Charles Carlson, DO, MS (Psychiatry)

Dr. Carlson graduated from Touro University in Nevada with a degree in osteopathic medicine. He then trained as a resident in Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals where he was also a chief resident and completed a fellowship in Public and Community Psychiatry. After training, he started practicing in | Addiction Psychiatry at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs where he also teaches Psychiatry residents.

Yu Shirai, MD

Yu Shirai, MD (Psychiatry)

Dr. Shirai works at the Yotsuya Yui Clinic for mental health treatment for English and Portuguese-speaking patients. He treats a wide range of patients from neurodevelopmental disorders to dementia in children and participates in knowledge sharing through the Diversity Clinic.

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  • Struggling with stress

  • Stress (emotional)

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About the Symptom

Stress disrupts a person's normal balance and can manifest as anger, anxiety, or frustration. Sometimes, it can cause physical symptoms like stomach issues, headaches, body pains, a racing heart, among others.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Photophobia

  • Fever

Possible causes

Generally, Psychological stress can be related to:

  • Adjustment disorder

    A psychological disorder, often with low mood and anxiety. It is triggered by a sudden change in life circumstances, e.g. divorce or losing a job.

  • Myalgia

    Muscle soreness is due to inflammation of muscle cells. Causes include intense exercise, viral illness, drugs, and autoimmune disease (body's immune system attacking itself).

  • Tension headache

    A type of headache with a band-like, pressing sensation at the forehead and sides. Causes include physical stress, such as long periods of desk work and driving, or mental stress.

  • Sleep disorder
  • Migraine
  • Psychogenic vomiting
  • Lumbar vertebrae disk herniation
  • Dissociative disorder
  • Shingles

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Psychological stress may be related to these serious diseases:

  • Heatstroke

    This is a life-threatening emergency where the person's body temperature is dangerously high and they display neurological abnormalities. This occurs when the body fails to regulate its temperature properly. It can be caused by the surrounding environment (heat, moisture) or internal factors (dehydration, strenuous exercise).

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Are you mentally stressed or physically exhausted?

  • Are you feeling down lately?

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Reviewed By:

Charles Carlson, DO, MS

Charles Carlson, DO, MS (Psychiatry)

Dr. Carlson graduated from Touro University in Nevada with a degree in osteopathic medicine. He then trained as a resident in Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals where he was also a chief resident and completed a fellowship in Public and Community Psychiatry. After training, he started practicing in | Addiction Psychiatry at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs where he also teaches Psychiatry residents.

Yu Shirai, MD

Yu Shirai, MD (Psychiatry)

Dr. Shirai works at the Yotsuya Yui Clinic for mental health treatment for English and Portuguese-speaking patients. He treats a wide range of patients from neurodevelopmental disorders to dementia in children and participates in knowledge sharing through the Diversity Clinic.

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