Stress - Behavioral Signs: Avoidance of responsibilities...

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Stress Mental and physical condition that occurs when a person must adjust or adapt to the environment Includes marital and financial problems Eustress: good stress Stress Reaction: Physical reaction to stress Autonomic Nervous System is aroused Short-term vs. long-term stresses General Adaptation Syndrome (G.A.S.) Impact of Long-Term Stress: G.A.S. is a series of bodily reactions to prolonged stress Alarm Reaction: The pituitary gland signals the adrenal glands to produce more adrenaline, noradrenaline, and cortisol Stage of Resistance: Bodily adjustments stabilize Symptoms of alarm reaction disappear Stage of Exhaustion: Continuous stress leads to draining of the body’s resources and depletion of stress hormones Signs of Stress Emotional Signs: Anxiety, apathy, irritability, and mental fatigue
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Unformatted text preview: Behavioral Signs: Avoidance of responsibilities and relationships Extreme or self-destructive behavior Poor judgment Physical Signs: Excessive worry about illness Frequent illness and exhaustion Overuse of medication Physical ailments and complaints Psychoneuroimmunology The study of links among behavior, stress, disease, and the immune system Studies show that immune function is lowered during final exams, divorce, bereavement, job loss, and poor sleep Happiness, laughter, and delight strengthen the immune system Stressor: Condition or event that challenges or threatens the person Pressure: When a person must meet urgent external demands or expectations...
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