Types of Stress

Many types of stress are similar in essence but have different characteristics. For example stress experienced by teenagers is probably no different than much of the stress adults have, but because teens tend to respond differently than adults to certain stressful situations there might be different ways to handle it.

Here are some of the more common types of stress with a brief description of each.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD

This is the kind of stress experienced by people following some traumatic event. The person's body and mind are trying to protect that person from ever experiencing the trauma again. As a result, what would be a normal non-threatening day to day event to most people, can be the trigger of sometimes severe stress to someone suffering from PTSD. The fight and flight mechanism becomes easily triggered. This type of stress usually requires psychological help and treatment by someone trained specifically in this area. However many of the approaches to stress reduction discussed here on this website can be helpful. Yoga, yoga therapy, and meditation can often help lessen the severity and over time can help the person re-adjust.

Occupational Stress

This is the type of stress resulting from one's occupation and may be either physical or psychological in nature and sometimes both. Repetitive stress is one kind of occupational stress. This is a physical condition created through the repetition of certain movements or as a result of the body being used in a certain way. Tension headaches are often a symptom of some physical types of occupational stress. Noise, poor air quality, extremes of temperature, and other physical factors can contribute to occupational stress.

People who work in environments prone to occupational stress can do much to strengthen their capacity to deal with it by getting regular exercise, a sound nights sleep, and by practicing yoga, breathing exercises, meditation, and relaxation exercises.


This word "agoraphobia" comes for the Greek "agora" (marketplace) and "phobia" (fear of) and literally means "fear of the marketplace". This translates into modern life as being afraid to go outside of one's home and into crowded places. People suffering from this type of stress often have severe physical reactions when forced to leave their home and venture into public places. Treatment by professionals trained to deal with this issue is advised but again, many of the holistic approaches to stress management discussed here can be helpful.

Teenage Stress, Marriage Stress, Work Stress, Holiday Stress, and Stress caused by Fear are some of the other more common types of stress.

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