Stress Term Paper by Ghard296

A look at stress and how it affects the body.
# 2021 | 2,435 words | 10 sources | 2001 | US
Published on Aug 08, 2001 in Psychology (Disorders) , Medical and Health (General) , Psychology (General)

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The purpose of this paper is to define stress and how it affects the body's physiological systems. The paper includes the normal functions and organs involved in the following five physiological systems, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory, immune and musculoskeletal. It also includes a description of a chronic illness associated with each physiological system and how the illness is affected by stress.

From the Paper:

"Stress means different things to different people and stress effects people in different ways. Some people think stress is something that happens to them such as an injury or a promotion and others think that stress is what happens to our mind, body and behaviors in response to an event. While stress does involve events and how one responds to them these are not the critical factors, but our thoughts about the situation in which we are involved are the critical factors. Essentially, stress exists whenever homeostasis is disturbed or cannot be maintained (Stress and the Social System Course Guide, 1993). Homeostasis refers to the body's ability to keep the internal chemical and physical environments constant. As your body begins to react to stress several changes occur. These changes include increased heart rate, blood pressure and secretion of stimulatory hormones. One's body prepares itself in stressful situations to either stand ground and fight, or to flee from the situation. Walter Cannon called this stressful reaction the fight-or-flight response (Greenberg, 1999)."

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