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GT - Stress - notes - Stress: The Constant Challenge...

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Stress: The Constant Challenge Chapter 2
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Lecture Outline Memory Defining stress: Physical signs Nervous system Autonomic Endocrine Chemicals (chronic vs acute stress) Immune system Cardiovascular system Sleep basics Insomnia Headaches Stress Management
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Stress affects memory Low levels of stress – improve memory High levels of stress – impair learning & memory Associated with shrinkage of the hippocampus
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I’m “stressed out”! What is stress? Stressor – situations that trigger physical & emotional reactions Stress response – reactions to the stressor
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What is causing our stress? Adapting to constant, rapid change Handling a major life event Juggling many roles and responsibilities Overwhelmed by technology
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Stress can be  good Eustress Helpful in small doses Motivates us Keeps us alert
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Stress can be  bad Distress Fight or flight Adversarial Alienate people Burn-out
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Symptoms of Excess Stress Physical Symptoms Dry mouth Sweating Illness GI problems Headaches High blood pressure Neck/back pain Pounding heart Emotional Symptoms Anxiety Depression Fatigue Impulsiveness Irritability Inability to concentrate Memory problems
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Symptoms of Excess Stress, cont. Behavioral Symptoms Crying Disrupted eating habits Disrupted sleeping habits Increased use of: tobacco, alcohol, other drugs Communication problems Sexual problems Social isolation Harsh treatment of others
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General Adaptation Syndrome A non-specific response of the body to any demand made upon it Universal and predictable Applicable to any sort of stress (good and bad) Non-specific stress response : Both situations result in some degree of wear and tear in the body which accumulates to produce aging
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Not all stresses are created equal Giving a speech immune response Short-term stress Taking a final exam Short-term stress with high stakes Hinder immune system Enduring layoffs Negative effects on the immune response
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Do stressed people get sick? Long-term hardship at work
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