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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...

Understanding Childhood Stress

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  “Research about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) proves that enormous childhood stress absolutely leads to an increased potential for adult illness and disease. A study proved that childhood adversity can create an early process of inflammation that’s been proven to shorten a lifespan by almost 20 years. We learned that traumatic childhood experiences represent significant risk...

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