Types of Stress: Acute, Episodic & Chronic

by Meenakshi Nagdeve last updated -

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Stress is a common problem that affects people all over the world. And apart from affecting the health of a person it also affects cognitive, emotional, and behavioral sides of a person.

Types of Stress

The different types of stress include:

Acute Stress

This is the most common form of stress found in people. This type is generally related to the pressures from the recent past and near future.  A small dose of this stress can be thrilling, like the feeling you get from sliding down a slanted hill. However, many people may not be able to enjoy this if the dose is higher than usual. Acute stress pertains to regular pressures and it causes bursts of anger, anxiety, headaches, jaw pain, backaches, heartburn, acidity, constipation, diarrhea, and high blood pressure.

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Episodic Acute Stress

This type is the next level of acute stress, where a person will be handling a number of pressures or demands simultaneously. The symptoms of episodic acute stress include aggression, anxiety, impatience, tension, short temper, high blood pressure, accelerated heartbeat, backaches, and high acidity. Their impatience and aggressiveness are sometimes perceived to be hostile and they end up being some of the worst communicators. On the other hand, there are others who are very depressed and sad rather than aggressive. Those kinds of people can also face the same type of symptoms.

Chronic Stress

A major percentage of chronic stress sufferers end up as alcoholics or drug addicts. Major issues at work, in personal or professional life like estranged relationships, loss of loved ones, or unemployment contribute to chronic stress. The worst affected are not actually adults, but children. The psychological trauma that a child goes through under such situations may have a profound effect on his or her life in later years.

About the Author

Meenakshi Nagdeve is a health and wellness enthusiast and started working on Organic Facts since 2012 and is currently responsible for managing it. She follows naturopathy and believes in healing with foods. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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