wk4-dq4 - stress can create continuous states of alarm and...

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Since we know that stress is generally defined as "the experience of a perceived threat (real or imagined) to one's well-being, resulting from a series of physiological responses and adaptations," we can assess how stressful events might affect physiological health (Donatelle, 2009, p. 62). Stressful events like divorce, marital conflict, economic hardship, unexpected death in the family can all work as negative stress or distress, which our textbook defines as "stress that can have a detrimental effect on health" (Donatelle, 2009, p. 62). If this distress is prolonged, it can result in allostatic load. Allostatic load is the negative physiological consequence of prolonged or excessive stress responses (Donatelle, 2009). On p. 64 in our textbook, it explains that chronic
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Unformatted text preview: stress can create continuous states of alarm and resistance, resulting in total depletion of energy and susceptibility to illness (Donatelle, 2009). PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder is "an acute stress disorder caused by experiencing an extremely traumatic event" (Donatelle, 2009, p. 68). According to our textbook, some "traumatic events that can cause PTSD include rape or other severe physical attacks, near-death experiences in accidents, witnessing a murder or death, being caught in a natural disaster, or terrorist attacks" (Donatelle, 2009, p. 68). References: Donatelle, R. (2009). Health: The Basics (8th ed.). San Francisco, California: Pearson Benjamin Cummings....
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