Psychology - Stress - Miss Mecia

Miss Mecia stress booklet

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DRUGS

Benzodiazapines

  • Marketed under the names Valium, Librium and Mogadon
  • Enhance GABA
  • Less likely to be excited
  • Reducing seretonin which has an arousing effect

Beta-Blockers

  • Symapthetic nervous system
  • Reducing activity of adrenaline and noradrenaline
  • Often used by sportsmen and musicians becuase it slows down the HR but still allows them to perform to their highest possible
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HPA & SAM

HPA

Hypothalamus - CRF

Pituitary Gland - ACTH

Adrenal Cortex

Cortisol and other corticosteriods

SAM

Sympathetic Nervous System - SNS

Adrenal Medulla

Adrenaline and Noradrenaline

Fight or Flight

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WHAT I NEED TO KNOW

Stress as a bodily response

  • The body's response to stress including the pituatiry - adrenal system and the sympathomedullary pathway in outline (HPA and SAM)
  • Stress related illness and the immune system

Stress in everyday life

  • Life changes and daily hassles
  • Workplace stress
  • Personality factors, including Type A behaviour

Reducing stress

  • Distinction between emotion-focused and problem-focused approaches to coping with stress
  • Physical methods of stress managment, including drugs
  • Psychological methods of stress managment, including cognitive behavioural therapy
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GLOSSARY

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Combination of cognitive therapy and behavioural therapy. Meichabaums Stress Inoculation Therapy snf Kobasa's Hardiness Training.

Daily Hassles

Irritating,frustrating distressing everyday events which cause us stress

Daily Uplifts

Nice things which happen in your day

Drugs for stress

BZ's and Beta Blockers

Emotion-focused coping

A way of dealing with stress by using emotion

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