Victims of domestic violence are sadly very familiar with the symptoms of stress. Even survivors of abuse can experience stress long after escaping an abusive relationship, because “flashbacks to the abuse may be just as invasive.”
According to an article by Amanda Klippert published on Domestic Shelters Org, the “body is not meant to handle the constant release of cortisol [the stress hormone] in the long-term.”
Klippert advises that anyone who experiences prolonged stress daily will show the following physical symptoms.
- Headaches or migraines
- Vision issues, including blurred vision
- Muscle tension, cramps or involuntary spasms
- Stomach issues, including cramping, bloating, constipation or diarrhea
- Chest pain or an irregular heart rhythm
- Difficulty breathing
- Heavier, more painful periods in women
- Weight gain
Prolonged stress “can especially take a toll on your GI system, or your gastrointestinal system.” Once stress affects the GI system “it can also affect your ability to fight off disease or to heal from injuries.”
For more symptoms of prolonged stress, and advice on how to decrease stress read the full article here.