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What controls response to stress?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
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In brief: ANS, hormones

Physiological stress response is governed by the autonomic nervous system, esp the sympathetic division.
Also, stress hormones e.g., cortisol enter the bloodstream. As a result the body is primed for "fight or flight" survival action, although this can be harmful if it happens repeatedly or chronically. Psychologically, stress response relates to temperament, personality, & learned behavior.

In brief: ANS, hormones

Physiological stress response is governed by the autonomic nervous system, esp the sympathetic division.
Also, stress hormones e.g., cortisol enter the bloodstream. As a result the body is primed for "fight or flight" survival action, although this can be harmful if it happens repeatedly or chronically. Psychologically, stress response relates to temperament, personality, & learned behavior.
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