Five lesser known symptoms of stress

by Harley Therapy
Reviewed by Dr Sheri Jacobson

From low energy to headaches, the common symptoms of stress are well documented. However, what are the lesser known symptoms you might be attributing to something else when really you need to address your stress? Read on to find out.


Can stress cause nosebleeds? The answer is yes. Headaches prompted by stress, can be accompanied by a nosebleed. Also, if you are prone to picking or blowing your nose frequently when stressed that could also bring on an unwanted nosebleed.

Hair loss

In addition to more common causes like genetics or medications hair loss can also be caused by stress. One such stress-triggered hair loss is alopecia - an autoimmune disorder where white blood cells attack hair follicles, resulting in hair loss.


Retching (in medical terminology) can be another unexpected result of stress. However, this is more typically a sign of anxiety. Stress and anxiety can also induce "cyclic vomiting syndrome," where people are affected by sickness over an extended period - often, at the same time each day.

Memory loss

Have I already washed my hair? Why did I enter the kitchen? What was his name again? Your memory loss could be the effects of a shrunken hippocampus brought on by chronic stress. During stressful periods the hippocampus (the brain area controlling your short-term memory) can be exposed to excessive levels of the stress hormone cortisol, inhibiting your brain's ability to recall information. Dealing with the root cause of your stress through therapy is a good way to return your memory.


As your 3am meeting is about to shake your hand, you’re embarrassed at the inevitable wet paw they’re about to encounter. It’s common to experience increased sweat when you are stressed. But some suffer from hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating, particularly of the palms and feet. Yoga, therapy and meditation can help reduce sweating.

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