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STRESSORS are events that trigger the stress response in the body. They throw the body out
of balance and force it to respond. Stressors may be;
life changes (divorce/death)
daily hassles (traffic/lost keys)
workplace stressors (lack of control/role strain)
environmental stressors (noise/temperature/
A lack of fit between perceived demands and perceived ability to cope.
(EG. It is the perception of the individual about themselves and their capabilities in their world.…read more

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The General Adaptive Syndrome (GAS) - Seyle
This is the model of how the stress response adapts physiological systems to a stressor.
According to Seyle, stress is adaptive in the short term because it enables us to cope with or adapt to environmental demands.
Prolonged stress, however, is very damaging
Seyle first studied rats, and later hospital patients with various injuries and illnesses. He noticed they all seemed to show a similar
pattern of bodily response.…read more

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Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)
The ANS Regulates internal bodily processes, often without any conscious effort, this links to the heart, stomach and
intestines because they are smooth-muscled areas which cannot be voluntarily controlled.…read more

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Sympathomedullary System (SAM)…read more

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Creates physiological reactions. EG- Increased heart rate.…read more

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Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA)…read more

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Adrenal gland ­
Adrenal Cortex
Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)
Pituitary gland-
Anterior pituitary
Stress and the immune system
The immune system is our main defence against infection by foreign agents
It is an immensely complicated network of cells and chemicals that functions to seek out and
destroy invading particles. An invading agent that stimulates an immune response is called an antigen. Key players in the immune system are the white blood
cells which are manufactured in bone marrow and circulated in the bloodstream.…read more


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