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What is stress response?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
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In brief: 'fight or flight'

Stress boosts activity in the sympathetic nervous system & stress hormones are released.
Pulse, blood pressure, sweating, & breathing rate go up; skin temp. Decreases as blood shifts to the vital organs; there can be muscle tension or tremors, GI symptoms e.g. Nausea, stomach ache, diarrhea; pacing, hand-wringing, etc. The body is set for survival action, but suffers if this continues too long.

In brief: 'fight or flight'

Stress boosts activity in the sympathetic nervous system & stress hormones are released.
Pulse, blood pressure, sweating, & breathing rate go up; skin temp. Decreases as blood shifts to the vital organs; there can be muscle tension or tremors, GI symptoms e.g. Nausea, stomach ache, diarrhea; pacing, hand-wringing, etc. The body is set for survival action, but suffers if this continues too long.
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Dr. Kathryn Seifert
Excessive stress over long periods of time can also cause a "freeze" response which is like feeling numb, withdrawn, and unresponsive. When this happens in early childhood, it can negatively affect development.
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