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Guide 5: Stress Response

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Guide 5: Stress Response

The General Adaptation Syndrome

Stage 1. Alarm reaction?

How do You respond to S tress? The General Adaptation Syndrome Hans Selye as a pioneer in studying Stress and its consequences, termed the G.A.S as a model for explaining human response to stress. He came to the conclusion that what he originally had described as “the General Adaptation Syndrome” (G.A.S.) should have been called the “strain syndrome”. He recognised that strain, or stress, plays a very significant role in the development of all types of disease. In his view, stress is the non-specific response of a human body to any demand made upon it. Selye called this process whereby strain influences the body the General Adaptation

Syndrome. He concluded that there are three distinctive phases in this process — alarm, resistance, and exhaustion. Stage 1. Alarm reaction: Any physical or mental trauma will trigger an immediate set of reactions that combat the stress. Because the immune system is initially depressed, normal levels of resistance are lowered, making us more susceptible to infection and disease. If the stress is not severe or long lasting, we bounce back and recover rapidly. Stage 2 - Resistance: Eventually, sometimes rather quickly, we adapt to stress, and there’s actually a tendency to become more resistant to illness and disease. Our

immune system works overtime for us during this period, trying to keep up with the demands placed upon it. We become complacent about our situation and assume that we can resist the effects of stress indefinitely. Therein lays the danger. Believing that we are immune from the effects of stress, we typically fail to do anything about it. Stage 3 - Exhaustion: Because our body is not able to maintain homeostasis and the long-term resistance needed to combat stress, we invariably develop a sudden drop in our resistance level. No one experiences exactly the same resistance and tolerance to stress, but everyone’s immunity at some point collapses following prolonged stress

Any physical or mental trauma will trigger an immediate set of reactions that combat the stress. If this does not suffice...

Stage 2. Resistance Believing that we are immune from the effects from stress, we typically fail to do anything about it

Stage 3. Exhaustion As our bodies may not be able to maintain the long-term resistance it needs to combat stress, our life-sustaining mechanisms slow down, organ systems begin to break down, and stress-fighting reserves finally succumb...

How we adapt to stress reactions. Life sustaining mechanisms slow down, organ systems begin to break down, and stress-fighting reserves finally succumb to what Selye called “diseases of adaptation”. The General Adaptation Syndrome is thought to be the main reason why stress is such an abundant source of health problems. By changing the way our body normally functions,

‘The General Adaptation Syndrome is thought to be the main reason why stress is such an abundant source of health problems”

stress disrupts the natural balance - the homeostasis - crucial for well-being. It can also subtract years from our lives by speeding up the ageing process...

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