00177 Stress overload

Definition of the NANDA label

Excessive amount and type of demands that require action.

Defining characteristics

• Shows increasing feelings of anger.
• Shows growing feelings of impatience.
• Expresses difficulty functioning.
• Expresses a feeling of pressure.
• Expresses a feeling of tension.
• Expresses growing feelings of anger.
• Expresses growing feelings of impatience.
• Expresses problems with decision making.
• Informs about the negative impact of stress (eg: physical symptoms, psychological suffering, feeling of being sick or going to get sick).
• Reports excess situational stress (eg: stress level equal to or> 7 on a 10-point scale).

Related factors

• Inadequate resources (eg: economic, social, level of education / knowledge).
• Intense stressors (eg, family violence, chronic illness, terminal illness).
• Coexistence of multiple stressors (eg: environmental threats / demands; physical threats / demands; social threats / demands).
• Repeated stressors (eg, family violence, chronic illness, terminal illness).


• Acceptance: state of health.
• Self esteem.
• Child development: adolescence.
• Social interaction skills.
• Overcoming problems.
• Grief.
• Control of anxiety.
• Personal welfare.
• Decision making.
• Effective communication.
• Coping.
• Control of mood.
• Anger control.


• Emotional Support.
• Increase coping.
• Enhancement of self-awareness.
• Enhancement of self-esteem.
• Facilitate self-responsibility.
• Behavior modification: social skills.
• Complex relationships in the hospital.
• Advice.
• Active listening.
• Presence.
• Relaxation therapy.
• Management of the disease.
• Grief management.
• Identification of abuses.
• Management of violence.