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Unformatted text preview: Stress, Health and Coping What is Stress? *Stress: *the process by which we perceive and respond to certain events, called stressors , that we appraise as threatening or challenging Stress Appraisal Stress response system *Stress hormones *epinephrine (adrenaline) *norepinephrine *Fight or flight preparation of body *General adaptation syndrome (GAS) *body’s adaptive response to stress *very general *responds no matter what stressor used Stress and your health *General Adaptation Syndrome *Selye’s concept of the body’s adaptive response to stress in three stages What type of psychologist studies stress? *Health psychology *subfield of psychology that provides psychology’s contribution to behavioral medicine *Explore the causes for stress, the effects of stress, and how to make those effects better What causes stress *Catastrophes *Unpredictable, large-scale events *Earthquakes, floods, war *Everyone thinks these are threatening *Can have significant health consequences *Large Life Changes *Significant personal life change *Marriage, divorce, loss of job *Make person more vulnerable to disease *Daily Hassles *Everyday annoyances *Getting stuck in traffic, losing your keys, stepping in a puddle *Cumulative effect on health Conflict: A source of stress *Pull between two opposing desires or goals *Approach-approach conflict *choice between 2 appealing outcomes *easy to resolve, low stress *Avoidance-avoidance conflict *choice between 2 unappealing outcomes *more stressful than approach-approach...
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This note was uploaded on 12/21/2010 for the course PSYCH 1A taught by Professor Kerrihogue during the Fall '10 term at Santa Rosa.
- Fall '10