Symptoms of Stress

Some Symptoms and Consequences of Mental Stress


  • Faulty Self Image (The inaccurate view of oneself as inadequate, unlovable, unworthy,
    not enough, and/or incompetent)
  • Believing the external world is responsible for our unhappiness and/or happiness.
  • Rigidity – Demanding, must-ing and should-ing that things look or be a certain way.
  • Inability to Discern Who and When to Trust
  • Irrational and Distorted Self-Statements (Carries on an inner dialog
    in which he makes untrue/unproven negative statements to himself)
  • Lacking Self Confidence and Resilience
  • Mind Reading and Projection
    (Thinks and believes that others view them in the same negative ways that they views themselves)
  • Obsessive Compulsive
  • Overly Critical of Self and Others
  • Reactionary (Overreacts to situations)
  • Self-Focused
  • Storytelling
  • Unreasonable Expectations


  • Fear and Anxiety (of making a mistake, being rejected, looking foolish or inadequate)
  • Depression
  • Discouragement
  • Obsessive Worry
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Mixed Emotions
  • Loneliness
  • Shutdown Emotionally


  • Being Needy – Constantly needing approval
  • Chaotic Relationships
  • Defensiveness
  • Defense Mechanisms, Avoiding, Denying, Lying
  • Addictions and Addictive Behaviors
    Eating, Shopping, Sex, Gambling, etc.
  • Eating Disorders
  • Hyper-vigilance
  • Lack of Assertiveness
  • Passive, Aggressive, or Passive-Aggressive
  • Perfectionism
  • Poor Boundaries
  • Poor Communication
  • Poor Relationship & Social Skills
  • Promiscuous
  • Self-Sabotaging
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Wearing a Mask


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