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What is acute stress?

The acute stress is the most common form of stress. All of us at certain moments of our lives can suffer situations that generate this type of stress.

In small doses is not necessarily negative if not the opposite , since it usually occurs in situations that are exciting and exciting. However, it can be exhausting when it occurs very intensely, repeatedly or for a longer period than usual.

Since it occurs for a short period of time , it does not have enough time to generate serious consequences in our health.

Symptoms of acute stress

Among its most common symptoms are:

Muscle discomfort  such as  back pain, headache, muscle or jaw tension; or stomach like heartburn, constipation, diarrhea or  irritable bowel syndrome .

Transient overexcitation of blood pressure , which can lead to arrhythmia, excessive sweating, breathing difficulties, dizziness, or  migraine .

Emotional agony , which is composed of a combination of emotions characteristic of stress: irritability,  depression and anxiety .

As it does not cause serious consequences for health, its treatment is simple and brief .

Episodic acute stress

However, if these episodes of acute stress are manifested frequently , we are facing the next level of stress: acute episodic stress .

Common in people with great responsibilities whose lives are so hectic that they can not cope with such a large number of obligations, it usually leads to irritability and bad temper as they live in constant tension.

The social relationships of people suffering from this type of stress are often weakened given the hostility and pessimism they develop and that leads them even to isolation.

Among its main symptoms , besides the alterations in the character, strong headaches, migraines, hypertension and even cardiac affections.

Its treatment is not as simple as in the case of acute stress, but it can last several months and requires the intervention of a professional .

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