A stress disorder essentially results when your body is not able to change or adapt to the stressful situation adversely impacting you physically and mentally. Usually if the distress lasts for a period longer than what would be normally expected or it is severe enough to affect your routine work and activities; it amounts to a disorder.
Common symptoms in stress disorders are:

  • Feeling of sadness
  • Negative thinking
  • Loss of self confidence
  • Loss of interest in work and getting tired easily
  • Sleep disturbances, not feeling fresh after waking up
  • Excessive worry about outcome of future events
  • Experiencing palpitations, breathlessness,
  • Constant band like headaches and body pains
  • Not being able to enjoy life
  • Suicidal thoughts

Any of these symptoms affecting your efficiency is a good yardstick to judge whether you need help.