The body's response to acute stress

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Body's Response to Stress

Stress- the subjective experience of a lack of fit between a person and their environment.

Acute stress: The Sympathomedullary Pathway

The Sympathomedullary pathway is the influence of the SNS and adrenal medulla prepares the body for flight or fight when faced with an acute stressor.

Acute stressors arouse the autonomic (automatic) nervous system(ANS). The ANS is a necessary system as some bodily functions such as the heart beat would work very well if we had to think about them.

The ANS is divided into the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and parasympathetic branch. SNS arouses an animal to be ready for flight or fight, the parasympathetic branch


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