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Stress can be loosely defined as anything that is experienced as a threat to your stability or equilibrium A portion of your nervous system is activated to ready the body to meet the demands brought on by an emotional upset The stress responses is a physiological response to stress that results in heightened mental and physical awareness such as elevated heartrate faster breathing dilated pupils and tense muscles Stress can be broken down into three stages The initial reaction to stress is the alarm response or the fight or flight response The bodys resources are put into action to meet immediate physical activity The activity of the sympathetic nervous system heartrate and stroke volume is increased and digeation is decreased to deal with a wide range of physical change coping with an impending threat The second stage is the resistance response The body increases its capacity to deal with stress If the stress continues for a prolonged amount of time the increased physiological adjustments that have been maintained so far have detrimental effects on the body The third stage is the exhaustion response At this point the body can no longer deal effectively with stress Some detrimental symptoms that are apparent are high blood pressure extra heart beats and emotional problems Some behavorial reactions to stress are difficulty relaxing sleeping controlling emotions and generalized anxiety There is frequent drug alcohol and food abuse Also under stress there may be inability to concentrate short attention span boredom or frustration Included as well might easily be anger irritability and impatience As well as behavorial symptoms there are many physiological reactions For example tension and migraine headaches dizziness and teeth grinding are some common symptoms Some others might include increased blood pressure palpitations or heart pounding Also acid stomach general stomach aches indigeation or hyperventilation frequently occur There are many other physiological as well as behavioral responses due to stressful situations
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