Q: I know some people define the symptoms of stress into four categories, can you briefly introduce them? I remember one of them is behavioral? A: Yes, that are what public usually define the symptoms. We usually divide the features of stress into four main categories. They are in terms of cognitive, emotional, physical and also behavioral. These four are the most common way to define the feature of stress as they cover many aspects. Cognitive refers to how one looks at, recognises oneself. Patients who suffered from inability to concentrate may not be able to focus on specific work for more than 30 minutes. Some serious cases may only focus for 15 minutes only. Emotional refers to the one’s emotion changes. Physical refers to the body situation, how one’s body functions under stress. Lastly, it’s behavioral symptoms.
Behavioral refers to one’s behaviors, actions and attitude towards daily life. This is also the most common way of observing a patient. Q: What do you think about nowadays Hong Kong teenagers’ stress level? Any examples? A: In my opinion, every one of them is undergoing stress undoubtedly. I can’t tell the stress level for sure, because everyone isn’t the same. I am not them. I can’t speak for them. But I think most of them are not in a very serious situation I can tell. Yet, I also met some extreme cases before. That was a girl and she tries five times, trying to commit suicide only because of poor academic results. And she is actually studying in a band one, famous school. That’s kind of ironic. Q: What do you suggest to reduce or eliminate stress?
A: Stress is a must in everyone’s life, there’s no way we can avoid it. Little stress is healthy for us but not long-term stress or course. Doing exercises (including sports) is the most effective way to eliminate stress I could say. Through exercising oneself, emotional, physical and behavioral impacts can be reduced, as sports have provided you a media to vent and release. However, some may watch TV to eliminate stress. The fact is this is a trivial way to reduce stress. Some research has proved that as well.
Watching TV is never a way to eliminate stress. The second method is sharing it, face to face with families or friends whatever. But not through technical things, like Facebook, or message your friends. I don’t know. But when you are talking face-to-face with another person, you have to share your feelings, your emotions, and your difficulties, everything you concern. Through conversations, angers can be released, sadness can be revealed. Just always remember stress can only be reduced through humane. You have to see others’ faces, warmth and responses directly. Many researchers have confirmed that actually. -End of interview-