Stress and Social Isolation

Accused Murderer, George Zimmerman, Demonstrated Erratic Behaviors and Social Isolation

Chronic stress can lead to overactivation of the sympathetic nervous system.  A cascade of effects impact various domains of functioning.  Sleep, appetite, and sexual functioning can be disrupted.  Stress is a general reaction, but typically emotional labels are associated with high levels of stress.  People may report feeling anxious and worried, or run down and exhausted when chronic stress has persisted.  Impaired judgement and other cognitive deficits may be associated with prolonged stress levels, which may create a positive feedback loop, as one poor decision leads to another.  If significant changes in weight, appetite, sleep, social isolation, or impulsivity occur, professional help may be warranted.