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Stress Burnout - Stages: Home

Information about stress burnout stages.

Stress Burnout

Stress burnout is a process that usually occurs sequentially; it progresses through stages, thus giving you the opportunity to recognize symptoms and take the necessary steps to prevent it.


If you see yourself in stage 1 – it is time to get help –

your stress level is beyond your control.

Stage One – Stress Arousal Stage

Symptoms include:

  • Persistent irritability and anxiety
  • Insomnia or restless sleep
  • Occasional forgetfulness
  • Unable to concentrate

Stage Two – Stress Resistance Stage

Symptoms include:

  • Absenteeism or tardiness from work, school, or social activities
  • Tired or fatigued for no reason
  • Procrastination and indecision
  • Social withdrawal with cynicism
  • Resentful, indifferent, defiant
  • Increased use of coffee, alcohol, tobacco, etc

Stage Three – Severe Exhaustion Stage

Symptoms include:

  • Chronic sadness or depression
  • Chronic mental and physical fatigue
  • Chronic stress-related illnesses (headache, stomach ache, IBS, etc.)
  • Isolation, withdrawal, self-destructive thoughts
  • Death

Counseling & Campus Wellness

All enrolled LCCC students are eligible for FREE counseling services, if they so desire, regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, handicap, race, religion, sexual orientation or progress toward academic degree. LCCC is a safe zone for all students seeking services.

Counseling and Campus Wellness
College Community Center, Room 129
Albany County Campus
Student Services, Room 200C


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