What Is the Difference Between Chronic and Acute Stress?

April 18, 2019

What Is the Difference Between Chronic and Acute Stress?

In life, stress happens. While there is no getting away from it, there are ways you can better manage your stress levels so that your health isn’t impacted in a negative way.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Hixson wants you to understand the two different types of stress so that you know how to manage each one as best as possible.

What Is Acute Stress?

Acute stress is also known as “short-term” stress.

This is the type of stress that stems from fighting with a loved one, receiving criticism from your boss or having someone break into your house. Fortunately, your body can handle acute stress far better than chronic stress, since it typically goes away fairly quickly.

Symptoms of Acute Stress

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Poor concentration
  • Problems sleeping
  • Recurrent nightmares
  • Aggression

What Is Chronic Stress?

While acute stress is known as short-term stress, chronic stress is defined as “long-term” stress.

This is stress that stems from working in a toxic environment every day or fighting with your spouse constantly. This is the type of stress that seems never-ending and can negatively impact your health.

Symptoms of Chronic Stress

  • Depression
  • General unhappiness
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Moodiness
  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Loneliness
  • Isolation

Is your stress level affecting your health? Visit AFC Urgent Care Hixson to discuss options when it comes to better managing your stress.

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