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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

COMBAT STRESS PREVENTION
A. David Mangelsdorff, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Center for Healthcare Education & Studies

U.S. Army Medical Department Center & School

Fort Sam Houston, Texas 78234-6135

United States of America
INDIVIDUAL PROTECTION
Recognition of Signs

The individual soldier must learn to recognize signs of stress in himself.

The signs are a normal reaction to a situation. Mental and physical fitness

are required to assist the individual endure stress. The common signs of

stress may be physical or mental (cognitive). The most common physical signs

of stress may include tension, jumpiness, dry mouth, cold sweat, pounding

heart, difficulty breathing, nausea, diarrhea or constipation, frequent

urination, or fatigue. The most common mental signs of stress might include

anxiety, irritability, difficulty paying attention, difficulty thinking,

inability to concentrate, forgetfulness, disturbed sleeping, grief, anger,

frustration, guilt, moodiness, nervousness, tension, pessimism, and/or loss of

confidence.


Stress may develop slowly. the signs can be recognized. All of the signs

are normal; they have been felt by some soldiers at some time. Coping with the

sources of stress is essential.



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