Simple step to step response to stress

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The body's response to STRESS!
Sympathetic - Adrenal- Medullar (SAM) Pathway
Fast Acting
Commands the
Autonomic nervous system
To activate the
Sympathetic nervous system pathways
Running to the
Adrenal medulla
Within the
Adrenal glands
To release
Adrenaline and noradrenalin (fight or flight)
Into the
Which leads to the physiological changes such as:
Increased heart rate
Increased blood pressure

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Hypothalamic ­ Pituitary ­ Adrenal (HPA) Axis
Slow acting
Stimulates the release of
Cortico-releasing hormone
Which stimulates the release of
Adrenocorticotrophic Hormone (ATCH)
From the
Pituitary gland
Into the
Blood stream
Travels to
Adrenal cortex
Which stimulates the release of
Cortico steroids
Into the
blood stream
Which gives
Energy (needed for action)
By converting fat and protein…read more


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