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Unformatted text preview: The Psychosomatic Model The idea behind creating and understanding a model of stress related illness is that by knowing the steps that lead to illness, we can intervene at any of these steps to break the cycle and thwart the onset of illness. The model works like a stage theory - you must progress from one stage (or step) to the next in the proper order for the model to work. The steps in the Model are: 1) Sensory Stimulus- is also referred to as the STRESSOR, which can be any mental or physical demand put upon our body our mind. This can be anything from a loud noise to an exam or work load to physical activity or the in-laws coming into town. For example, if you are stuck in a traffic jam, what is the stress and what is the stressor? Stressor = traffic jam Stress = mental and physical response to the stressor 2) Perception - the active process of bringing an external stimulus to the CNS (especially the brain) for interpretation....
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- Fall '09