Dealing with acute stress

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Dealing with acute stress
1. Situation is appraised and seen as stressful
2. Hypothalamus is alerted, recognizes the stress as acute, and
activates the sympathomedullary pathway (SAM)
3. This activates the sympathetic branch of the autonomic
nervous system (ANS)
4. This will stimulate the adrenal medulla which is part of the adrenal glands which
are located just above the kidney
5. The adrenal medulla will secrete hormones adrenaline and
noradrenaline to the bloodstream
6. This prepares the body for fight or flight and causes numerous
physical changes
7. These physical changes are:
8. The body cannot maintain this activity
level and so after

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