Behavioral effects of stress showcases the way in which a
person acts and behaves when under the influence of stress.
Continuous, uncontrolled, stress can cause
myriad behavioral effects on a person.
Modern man has a big
disadvantage over our cave dwelling ancestors. They used to settle
their scores immediately whenever a problem arose: whether attack by a
wild animal or by other tribes. Thus the stress response reaction was
immediately satiated and no further damage was done.
But modern man cannot slap his boss; the
consequences would be dire! Nor can he get out of the car and kick the
hell out of the errant driver for showing obscene gestures.
The result: stress induced intense
emotions remain pent up inside without release. The continuous release
of hormones and chemical mediators keep the body in a highly
tensed state for long. This leads to irritability, anger, worry and
The resultant emotional conflicts leads
to altered behavioral responses to people and events. A sense of
resentment and hurt are the undercurrents of such behavioral
Following are some of the
behavioral effects of stress:
Increased use of alcohol or drug(s)
Mannerisms like nail
biting, hair puling etc.
Increased or decreased eating
Aggressiveness on least
It is evident that
behavioral effects of stress are very dangerous and can affect
interpersonal and social relationships in a negative manner.
There are two ways to avoid
the adverse behavioral effects of stress:
Change your response to
stressful events so that their negative impact is minimized
Practice a regular
management program, so that whatever stress is being built up is
washed away on a daily basis.