Chapter_3_Handout - Stress&HealthPsychology Chapter3...

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Chapter 3 Lecture Overview Lecture Overview Understanding Stress Stress and Illness Health Psychology in Action Health and Stress Management Understanding Stress Understanding Stress What is  Stress ? A nonspecific response if the body to any demand made on it. The physical and mental reaction to situations or events that we perceive as threatening or challenging. Understanding Stress:  Understanding Stress:  Sources of Stress  Sources of Stress  ___Life Changes__ : life events that require some adjustment in behavior or lifestyle __Chronic Stressors__ :  ongoing, long lasting, unpleasant events __Occupation Burnout__ A state of psychological and physical exhaustion resulting from chronic  exposure to high levels of stress and little personal control __Hassles__ : small, everyday problems that accumulate to become a source of stress __Frustration__ : unpleasant tension resulting from a blocked goal Types of Conflict* Types of Conflict* *_Approach-Approach__ : forced choice between two or more desirable alternatives *_Avoidance-Avoidance__ : forced choice between two or more undesirable alternatives
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*_Approach-Avoidance__ : forced choice between two or more alternatives both having desirable and  undesirable results The HPA Axis regulates the stress response.  (Know cortisol and hypothalamus) __Cortisol__ :  – plays a critical role in the long term effects of stress.  Prolonged elevation of  __cortisol__
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