Biological methods of stress management

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Biological methods of stress management


Benzodiazepines are used to treat anxiety and stress- slow down the activity of the central nervous system.

·         GABA is a neurotransmitter which is the body’s form of anxiety relief

·         40% of the neurons in the brain react to GABA

·         GABA receptors react on the outside of receiving neurons

·         When GABA locks onto neurons it opens a channel which increases the flow of chloride ions into the neuron

·         Chloride ions blocks some neurones from being stimulated therefore making the person feel relaxed

·         Benzodiazepines enhance the GABA neurons activity making the person feel even more relaxed



·         Stress leads to sympathetic arousal

Eg. Increased heart rate, elevated levels of cortisol, cardiovascular disorder, reduced the effectiveness of the immune system

·         Beta-blockers reduce the activity of


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