The fight or flight response

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What is the fight or flight response?
When your body prepares you biologically to either 'fight' a threat or run away from it really fast, 'flight'.
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What's the purpose of the fight or flight response?
It gives you the energy to deal with 'the problem'. The body doesn't know the situation and assumes it's life or death - this is the body's way of trying to be helpful
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What's the body's response to acute (sudden) stress?
sympathetic state - hypothalamus signals to > Adrenal medulla which > releases adrenaline which > increases HR, releases blood sugar, increases BP, and increases respiration rate
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What's the body's response to chronic (ongoing) stress?
HPA crisis - hypothalamus releases CRH > pituitary gland releases ACTH > adrenal cortex releases cortisol which gives the body > a burst of energy, lower sensitivity to pain, and a lowered immune response
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