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
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
are normal; they have been felt by some soldiers at some time. Coping with the
sources of stress is essential.