Essay Outline And Evaluate The Body's Response To Stress

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Outline and evaluate the body’s response to stress The body responds to stress by releasing chemicals into our blood to give us a boost to do whatever needs to be done to survive, one way to describe what happens is to use Selye’s General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS). Stage 1: Alarm When something is perceived as stressful and the HPA axis and SAM pathways are activated, the body releases stress-related hormones such as adrenaline, the heart rate and blood pressure increases, this is to give us a boost to either run away or face the stressor head-on, (otherwise known as the “fight or flight response”. Stage 2: Resistance If the stressor persists the body’s response carries on, and stress-related hormones continue to be released, and the arousal remains. Stage 3: Exhaustion If the stress persists for a long period of…show more content…
The SRRS (Social Readjustment Rating Scale) Holmes and Rahe (1967) developed a questionnaire called the Social Readjustment Rating Scale (SRRS) for identifying major stressful life events. Each one of the 43 stressful life events was awarded a Life Change Unit depending on how traumatic it was felt to be by a large sample of participants. Outline and evaluate the impact of personality on stress A persons personality has a major impact on their vulnerability and the way they cope with stress, there are two types of behaviour to explain this: Type A behaviour A pattern of behaviours and attitudes that have long been linked to a vulnerability to stress-related illness. The concept was evolved from the work of Friedman and Rosenman in the 50’s and 60’s . The characteristics of this behaviour are being time pressured, competitive and hostile. People with type A behaviour may become more easily irritated and angered, and find having nothing to do stressful. Type B behaviour Essentially the opposite of type A behaviour, more relaxed and
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