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Stress

This research paper explains stress and its causes and cures.
The
research paper will attempt to determine whether there is an effective way to
cure stress. Stress is an integral part of life. The complete absence of any
stress results in death. Stress plays a key role in daily life, influencing - if
not governing - happiness, productivity and health. Stress is known to cause
various psychiatric disorders involving anxiety and depression, including
posttraumatic stress disorder, major depression, generalized anxiety, and
multiple personality disorders.This research will also attempt to explain ways
to cure the illness's caused by Stress. The more stress one puts on thereselves
the weaker one's immune system becomes. With a weakened immune system we become
susceptible to disease and injury. Stress is an adaptive response. It's the
body's reaction to an event that is seen as emotionally disturbing, disquieting,
or threatening. To prepare for an event, the body increases its heart rate and
blood pressure; more blood is then sent to your heart and muscles, and your
respiration rate increases. . In the first stage of stress, alarm, the body
mobilizes its "fight or flight" defenses, either to resist the
stress-causing factor or adapt to it. In this stage, the pituitary-adrenocortical
system pours hormones into the bloodstream. The pulse quickens, the lungs take
in more oxygen to fuel the muscles, blood sugar increases to supply added
energy, digestion slows, and perspiration increases. In the second stage of
stress, resistance, the body begins to repair the incidental damage caused by
the arousal in the alarm stage. If the stressful situation is resolved, the
stress symptoms vanish. If the stressful situation continues, however, a third
stage, exhaustion, sets in, and the body's adaptive energy runs out. This stage
can continue until some vital organs are affected, and then disease or even
death can occur. There are three types of stress, mental, physical, chemical.
These different variations of stress all cause similar effects to one's body.
Each of these stresses can come from many sources. Most of these have appeared
as a primary threat in our environment. Mental stress occurs from a shock as
severe as the death of a loved one or from a simple thing like a faulty alarm
clock making one late for work. Physical stress on the body can be caused by
anything from not getting adequate sleep to a severe whiplash injury from a car
accident. In addition, there is a chemical stress which may come from
environmental pollution, the side affects of medications or even consumption of
overly refined food. Compounding all this is the tension cycle, in which mental
stress triggers physical stress or vice versa, leading to a downward spiral of
health and happiness and an increasingly painful series of symptoms. Mental
stress and Physical Stress are linked due to the fact that if one has mental
stress it can cause physical stress. Man's response to psychological stress
differs little from sources of potential physical harm (i.e., with surges of
adrenaline, a rise in blood pressure and heart rate, and a 4x increase in blood
flow to the muscles needed to fight or run away.) Physical symptoms may include
a headache, upset stomach, muscle tension, neck or backache, rapid breathing,
sweaty palms, and exhaustion. Mentally, you may feel distracted, have trouble
concentrating, be illogical or forgetful, or you may have scary thoughts or feel
suspicious. You may become easily irritated and impatient, or you may feel
tense, depressed, angry or alone. You may have difficulty sleeping. Chemical
Stress, however, is cause from manmade substances or objects. our body to make a
certain number and quality of enzymes, antibodies, and hormones. These are the
end products. The raw materials to make these end products come from our foods.
Lack of a suffiecient diet can cause chemical stress. Chemical stress can also
come from pesticides, insecticides, polluted air and water, heavy metals such as
mercury or lead, asbestos and artificial food additives. Stress in general
causes the immune system to weaken to a great extent. There are many health
problems related to diminished immune systems including allergies and
susceptibility to different diseases such as fungus and yeast infections. With
the premature degeneration the stress will cause an acceleration in the aging
and the break down of tissues. Physical consequnces such as cellular damage is
caused by highly unstable molecules called free radicals. Because of the highly
unstable nature of the "free radicals", they can be extremely toxic
and are a primary result of stress that undermine the immune system and threaten
health. Ironically, the body's immune