Symptoms of Stress

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.
– Denial, Guilt, Blame, Shame, False Pride, etc..
– Rigidity – Demanding, must-ing and should-ing that things look or be a certain way
on our terms
– 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
– Lying, manipulating (Defence Mechanisms) See Wikipedia
– Defence 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 Skills
– Poor Relationship & Social Skills
– Promiscuous
– Self-Sabotaging
– Sexual Dysfunction
– Wearing a Mask


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