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Todays teenagers attend school have jobs make time for homework participate in extracurricular activities and deal with unexpected obstacles that life contains all in the course of a 24 hour day Teens must also set aside time to have a social life and for the 8 hours of sleep needed to help prepare them for the next hectic day With no time for themselves teens can easily become overstressedStress is not just a mental problem but also a physical response to an undesirable situation According to a high school psychology textbook stress is a particular pattern of disturbing psychological and physiological reactions that occur when an environmental event threatens important motives and taxes ones ability to cope Pikes Peak Physically the body reacts the same to stress whether it is positive or negative Neurotransmitters send and receive messages between brain cells There are two kinds of messages happy and sad Sad signals eventually cause the happy signals to fail This causes a chemical imbalance called overstress Pikes Peak The first happy messenger to malfunction under stress is Serotonin which causes one of the first signs of stress inability to sleep Noradrenalin sets teenagers bodies energy levels and causes them to feel energized When this happy messenger fails people begin to feel that they no long have enough energy to do much of anything Dopamine the third happy messenger is located adjacent to where Endorphin is released in the brain When the Dopamine function declines the Endorphin function also declines Endorphins regulate pain so pain begins to increase when stress causes the Dopamine function to fail Dopamine also operates the Pleasure Center When stress interferes on the Dopamine function it can result in a loss of pleasure in normally enjoyable events Whether or not the problem that created the stress is solved the body will return to normal If the problem is not resolved however stress can build up and cause all kinds of physical and
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