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Stress and Psychopathology The Impact of Stress Karina Dunaj Central Michigan
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The Impact of Stress 2 The Impact of Stress Every living organism has endured stress at some point throughout the span of its life. Situations that require adjustment have the potential to cause stress. When experiencing or perceiving challenges to one's physical or emotional well-being that exceed coping skills and abilities, the psychological condition, stress, is typically, the result. Stress can be described as difficulties and strains endured by living organisms struggling to cope with and adapt to environmental conditions (Hooley, Butcher, Nock, Mineka, 2017). Stress can occur in both negative and positive situations; however, negative stress has the potential to do more damage. It also has different forms, a catastrophe or a continuous force. Every one perceives and interprets the same situations differently due to the fact that no one is faced with the exact same pattern of stressors. Compelling evidence has indicated that sustained stress among humans and other mammals causes physical damage as well as premature death. Telomeres are at the end of repeating DNA sequences. They prevent chromosomes from losing base pairs and stop chromosomes from fusing together. These telomeres naturally shorten with age; however, stress hormones accelerate the shortening of telomeres. The length directly relates to the amount of stress endured by a person and number of years they have been under stress. As a result, enzyme activity is decreased, shortening a person's lifespan. This ages a person by six years. The enzyme, telomerase, can repair some of these damages by preventing shortening of the telomeres.
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