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s18 - Chapter 1 What is Stress Who Experiences Stress...

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Chapter 1 What is Stress?
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Who Experiences Stress? Everyone!!! Stress is a normal part of life We just need to figure out how to best handle it so that we do not experience: too little or too much .
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What is a Stressor? ANYTHING with the potential to cause a stress reaction Stress that results in positive consequences: Eustress Stress that results in negative consequences: Distress Examples?
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History of Stress Research Walter Cannon (twentieth century physiologist) first identified the ________response: “fight or flight During the fight or flight response certain things happen: Increase in heart rate Increase in respiration Increase in blood pressure Muscle tension Perspiration
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FIGHT, FLIGHT, OR… …What about FREEZE! What is a time you have used “FREEZE” as a response to a stressful event? Common manifestations: procrastinating , denial, excessive sleeping , drinking or drugging to forget problems, etc. The problem with this response is that the problem often does not disappear and could get worse as a result of inaction
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History of Stress Research, cont’d Hans Selye d iscovered that regardless of the source of the stress, the BODY REACTS IN THE SAME MANNER.
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