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Chapter 12 - Emotions, Stress and Health.docx

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Najwa Haddad

Chapter 12Emotions Stress and Health p 527549I StressIllness A IntroductionDiseases that killed us in 1900TuberculosisPneumoniaDiarrheaDiseases that kill us todayHeart diseaseCancerStroke10 leading causes of death today half the mortality rate is due to our behavioursSmokingNot exercisingHigh fat dietsNot following doctors recommendationsUnprotected sexAbusing alcohol and illegal drugsBehavioural medicine combining psychological and medial principles in knowledgeHealth psychology psychological part this field is explodingB Stress and Stressors B1 Definition stress involves both psychological and physiological processes we are stressed and we experience stress when we are in a situation where we perceive the situation to be threatening to us or we feel we do not have the resources to cope and adapt to the situationB2The Stress Response SystemCanon was the first to scientifically study and research stressHe concluded that both humans and animals when they are faced with a threatening situation their bodies are going to go into the stress responseYour body releases stress hormones like epinephrine and norepinephrine in response to the stressYour body is preparing itself for fight or flightSelye another important researcher who spent 40 years of his life researching stress he was a Canadian doctor he was not doing research on stress but instead stumbled upon itConcluded that when stress because chronicwe go through General Adaptation Syndrome GAS o We got through 3 sequences
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