Whether you prescribe to the philosophies of western or eastern medicine, there is one prognosis that both schools of thought can agree on: Chronic stress is bad for your health. Some stress-related ailments are rather obvious, like stomach ulcers, headaches, or sleep problems. The sobering truth, however, is that stress doesn't just cause ailments, it can also worsen existing health issues. From head to toe, inside and out, stress can lead to or aggravate a plethora of health problems, like the following:
The fact that stress can result in physical as well as mental health problems is not ground-breaking information. What may surprise you is the interdependent relationship between mental disorders and stress. Stress is one of the key factors that triggers or aggravates most mental health conditions. In turn, most mental health conditions are also a source of stress, resulting in a vicious cycle.
Here are some disorders that are linked to or exacerbated by stress:
What makes anxiety disorders of particular concern is the fact that the symptoms of anxiety are similar to those a person experiences under stress. This could result in misdiagnoses, leaving one or both issues unresolved.
Stress & Burnout
When a computer, lightbulb, or engine burns out, it stops working; the same applies to your employees. Stress that continues unabated and unchecked eventually leads to burnout. If we were to put a dollar value on how much burnout affects commerce, U.S. businesses would be singing to the tune of 200 billion dollars each year. That's 200 billion in absenteeism, increased insurance claims, on-site accidents, decreased employee morale, and low productivity.
Research we conducted at PsychTests using data collected from our BSS-NSF (Burnout Symptom Screen - for Non-Service Fields) and BSS-SF (for Service Fields) reveals that the price of burnout isn't limited to a company's bottom line, however:
Of those who have been diagnosed with burnout:
Symptoms of burnout include the following: