Home > Mental health > Stress > How stress harms How stress harms All sections in Mental Health » Alcohol » Brain » Disorders » Drugs » Living with Mental Illness » Mental Health in SA » Stress » Treatment » Mental Health News 12 stress signals of the body The human body has ways of sending you distress signals. Here's how to recognise them and why you should take notice. Ask CyberShrink » Talk Heart to heart forum » 13 hidden signs of stress Regenerative medicine: replacing brain cells lost from stroke Illness-related stress gets worse with age A study has found that stress increases as you age if your overall health is in poor condition. Does stress make you ill? People respond to stressful events and circumstances in a variety of ways. Over time stressors may lead to weight gain Women who are constantly worried or stressed out may be prone to weight gain, a new study suggests. Stress – a major factor in mouth ulcers Stress is a major cause of mouth ulcers with an average 20% of all adults likely to experience stress-related mouth ulcers at some stage in their lives. Headache? Relax and take a deep breath Stress is one of the major factors that trigger headaches and migraines. Some simple relaxation techniques may help to alleviate pain. Is stress making you ill? Headaches, indigestion and even paralysis and blindness can be triggered by psychological factors. How does this work? Body mirrors the mind Do you suffer from recurring headaches, sore muscles or chest pain? Your body may be telling you that you are stressed or depressed. Stress and your skeleton Your stress could be the culprit behind that nagging back pain or those recurring headaches. But the ergonomics of your office could also be to blame and can result in muscle tension and spasms. Your whole skeleton bears the negative effects of stress. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Cipla Nutrition- Dummies Guide to Enduro Prep 4 clever ways to stay active this winter Key signs you need a change in diet Clear your head with fast-acting, long-lasting Sinutab® Nasal Spray Live healthier PMS, depression & suicide » Don't let PMS get you down Symptoms of PMS Diagnosing PMS The link between PMS, depression and suicidal thoughts The symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) are similar to those of PMS, but generally more severe – and could include depression and even thoughts of suicide. A vegan marathon runner » Comrades: don't run if you're ill Fuel your body for the Comrades Running the Comrades Marathon on a vegan diet Donovan Will, who is training to run the Comrades Marathon, speaks to Health24 about his plant based diet and fears of getting injured ahead of the big race.