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thPSY 1102 Thursday Oct 25 2012StressHealthPsychological states cause physical illness Stress is any circumstance real or perceived that threatens a persons wellbeingStress can be adaptive In a fearful or stress causing situation we can run away and save our lives Stress can be maladaptive If it is prolonged chronic stress it increases our risk of illness and health problemsStressStressorsStress is a slippery concept At times it is the stimulus missing an appointment and at other times it is a response sweating while taking a testStress is not merely a stimulus or a response It is a process by which we appraise and cope with environmental threats and challengesThe Stress Response SystemCannon proposed that the stress response fast was a fightorflight response marked by the outpouring of epinephrine and norepinephrine from the inner adrenal glands increasing heart and respiration rates mobilizing sugar and fat and dulling painGeneral Adaption SyndromeAccording to Selye a stress response to any kind of stimulation is similar The stressed individual goes through three phases
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