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What is stress?
The response that occurs when we think we can't cope with the pressures in our environment. Very
dependent on cognitive processes.

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The survival value of stress
During our evolution many threats to us would have been from predators or other physical
dangers. So, to successfully respond to them, we would have required the energy to fight
them, or run away ­ the fight or flight system. However, in modern society, stressors…

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Stress and the immune system

Stress and ulcers

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Life Changes

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Daily Hassles

Stress in Workplace

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Personality Types


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Gender and Stress

Culture and stress

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Biological Stress Management
Drug treatments: slow down the activity of the CNS (anti-anxiety drugs called BZs increase
the body's reaction to GABA [a natural anxiety relieving chemical], which slows down the
activity of neurones making us feel relaxed).

Reduce the activity of the SNS (the SNS increases heart rate and…


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