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DEMCO wants you to know...

When overwhelmed, a person may experience a flood of thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations often related to a specific problem or many issues that can be difficult to manage or to find peace with.

When you feel like you have so much going on that you’re struggling to cope with it all. As if you are you going through something stressful that’s making it difficult for you to function.

Everyone feels overwhelmed from time to time and it is a normal response to everyday stressors. Stress can sometimes make you more productive. However, being chronically stressed out and constantly feeling overwhelmed can take a toll on your mental and physical health.

Signs and Symptoms of Being Overwhelmed

Irrational thoughts: which can make the problem seem inflated and your ability to deal with it can feel deflated.

Paralysis: You may experience a freeze response that can cause you to feel paralyzed and unable to function. Even simple tasks can feel impossible. You may find yourself postponing stressful tasks, or avoid them altogether.

Disproportionate reactions: You may overreact to minor stressors. For instance, you may panic if you’re unable to find your keys.

Withdrawal: You may find yourself withdrawing from friends and family. You may feel like they can’t help you or understand what you’re going through.

Pessimism: You may feel helpless and hopeless about the situation.

Mood changes: You may feel angry, irritable, or anxious, and cry easily.

Cognitive fatigue: You may feel confused and have difficulty concentrating, making decisions, and solving problems.

Physical symptoms: You may experience physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, cramps, an upset stomach, or other aches and pains.

Being chronically stressed and overwhelmed can lead to physical and mental health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, depression, anxiety, and addiction.

Change your perspective, seek out other opinions and support to help you solve the problem. Don't turn to drugs or alcohol or other substances they will only complicate an already complicated situation.

Stay drug FREE.

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