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Stress Yields Behavioral Effects

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A widely used definition of stressful situations is one in which the demands of the situation threaten to exceed the resources of the individual. Stressors have a major influence on a person’s mood, sense of well-being, behavior, and health. Acute stress responses in young, healthy individuals may be adaptive and typically do not impose a health burden; however, if the threat is...

Acute Stress

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Acute Stress is an immediate physical reaction to something in the world and can be negative or positive in nature (Surgery, Accidents, Arguments, Marriage, Birth of a baby, a job promotion). Adrenaline, norepinephrine, and epinephrine are produced in response to acute stress and together make up the fight or flight response. (MacDonald) In response to a stimulus, the adrenal glands secrete...

Understanding the Stress Response Systems

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 The stress response is activated when the amygdala perceives a threat alerting the hypothalamus of the brain to delegate the stress response. “This region of the brain is responsible for maintaining the balance between stress and relaxation in your body.” (Clark). The hypothalamus will send signals to two main systems involved in the stress response: the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), and the...

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