Lecture 15 Health and Well-Being 1

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Unformatted text preview: Sor ted by length/ duration healthier , health beliefs s o ger ms, brain and other ner vous syst em development , family relationships, social suppor t Health & I llness Lecture 15. Health and Well-Being • Stress: How stressed are you?- Coping: Relaxation response!- Eating disorders- Meditation! •Stress *Homeostasis = Internal balance and a state of equanimity *Stress =Anything that takes you away from homeostasis-A pattern of behavioral and physiological responses to events that match or exceed an organism's ability to respond. *Eustress ; good stress-Winning a million dollars-Getting married; having a baby-marathon *Distress-Taking an exam-Fighting with your parents-What do you find stressful? •Stressors and stress response (due to daily hassles (small, day-to-day irritation)) *Stressors = Life events that cause stress (stress= response) *Stress reactions = Our response to changes in our environment *Coping response = Any response to avoid, escape from, or minimize something stressful *Acute stress = Short-lived and brief *Chronic stress = Long-lasting and frequent ; ex. Just being in a college; thinking about upcoming exams/ Chronic stress impairs the immune system response • Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) 1.You perceive a stressor 2.Your hypothalamus releases a chemical message. 3.The pituitary gland receives this message, and releases hormones into the blood. 4.The adrenal glands respond by releasing cortisol the stress hormone!; expect fight-or-flight •Sex Differences in Response to Stress (adaptive) *Fight-or-Flight- more in men *Tend-and-Befriend-more common in women-tend and care for offspring-form social alliances-Oxytocin: hormones for the bonding of mothers to infants oxytocin (“beloved drug”) is also responsible for high stress; make caretaking tolerable...
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