In this lesson, our instructor, Charles Schallhorn describes how our bodies handle stress -- what chemicals the brain releases and how they affect the body. He mentions different ways people can try to diffuse or eliminate their stress, the health hazards of living a stressful life, and the different coping mechanisms people employ to handle stress -- either through focusing on the problems or the emotions associated with the problems. He also describes what it means to have a Type A personality versus a Type B one.
Health Psychology uses behavioral principles to prevent illness and promote health
Behavioral Medicine: Applies psychology to manage medical problems e.g., asthma and diabetes
Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system releasing adrenaline and noradrenaline
Cortisol is known as the “stress hormone”
The amygdala is strongly connected to the interpretation of stressful situations
Long-term stress can negatively impact the immune system, blood pressure, blood sugar and contribute to obesity
There are cognitive and behavioral methods to deal with stress
All stressful situations begin to be evaluated with appraisal
Hans Selye connected physiology and the endocrine system to stress and described the General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS)—alarm, resistance, and exhaustion
Stress can be reduced by taking a problem-focused approach rather than an emotion-focused approach
Cognition about self and situations can contribute to both positive and negative types of coping with stress
People often engage in self-defeating fears and attitudes along with defense mechanisms—these are counterproductive
One must find healthy ways to cope with stress that work for oneself
Stress & Coping
Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.
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