Anyone experiencing stress may have symptoms such as irritability, poor concentration, tiredness or anxiety. You may find yourself losing interest in your work, having difficulty making decisions, making more mistakes, or having a lower resistance to infection, or many other behavioural changes. Stress can also cause physical symptoms, such as headaches, sleep problems, chest pains, panic attacks or developing rashes. Pre-existing medical conditions can be made worse due to stress.
If stress is not addressed, you may be at risk of developing further mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, or physical health problems, such as heart disease, upper limb or digestive disorders.