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Stress and Health STRESS - we all have it, we all feel, but just how important is it? How much does stress influence our daily lives? How much does stress influence our lives long-term? Can stress Kill us? Is it all bad? In this section, we will explore stress - what it is, how it progresses, and the type of damage it can cause. I. BACKGROUND In 1925 a second year medical student named Hans Selye observed that people suffering from a wide variety of somatic (physical) disorders all seemed to have the same or similar symptoms. For example, many of these people reported: decreased appetite, decreased muscular strength and endurance, and lowered levels of ambition or drive. Selye, unable to find a common disease or disorder to explain these behaviors, called this group of symptoms, the SYNDROME OF JUST BEING SICK . In addition, he found that these symptoms occurred whenever:
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Unformatted text preview: the human organism needed to adapt to a changing internal or external environment. This was the first observation and identification that eventually led to the term STRESSAt first, Selye defined STRESS as, a nonspecific response of the body to any demand made upon it . Even this initial definition implies that not all stress is a result of "bad" things happening to us. Later, his JUST BEING SICK syndrome evolved into the GENERAL ADAPTATION SYNDROME which he defined as, the physiological processes and results of stress . From this, we get a modern, more comprehensive definition of STRESS: a psychological and physical response of the body that occurs whenever we must adapt to changing conditions, whether those conditions be real or perceived....
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