What Is The Role Of Stress In Miriam's Life

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PSY: Critical Thinking Paper - Iman Albarakat
Miriam comes from a strict religious Muslim family. And since her parents escaped from a poverty stricken country and from a civil war, they are very harsh on her to make sure that her grade are superb and that she has every opportunity to do well and have a wonderful future. Her parents pressure her into taking the hardest classes and pursuing the most advanced programs. They want her to go into a high ranked profession. From all this pressure Miriam is suffering from depression, an eating disorder, and a phobia of failure. She feels as if that her family 's well being relies on her success. Her stress levels are high and she feels as if she may break at the slightest mistake and fall apart at
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Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. Stress can be a good or bad thing, depending on the circumstances. An example of good stress would be having to choose between two great job offers. An example of bad stress would be having to choose between two not so ideal jobs because you can’t afford to keep living without a job. Either way everyone has some type of stress in their life and it can’t be avoided.
Stress plays a major factor in Miriam 's life, in fact from the second that Miriam entered school her life became very hectic because she’s always trying to do the best so that she doesn’t disappoint her parents. In Miriam 's culture, respect for parents is highly upheld and to shame one 's parents is to tarnish the family name. When Miriam enter middle school her parents had her getting ready for high school and the years beyond that. By the time she was in 8th grade her parents that she would become a doctor. Now Miriam wasn’t one to argue because she always thought that her parents knew
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Stress can compromise the immune system and affect the way your body reacts disease. Not only can it affect your physical health, but it can also alter your mental health. Stress can lead to depression and even cause eating disorders and in Miriam 's case it did. All that stress finally caught up to her and it caused her to burn out. Miriam suffered from anorexia because of the long hours that she spends volunteering and doing homework, she never had much time to eat. And because she was under so much stress to succeed and become successful she fell into a depression. She didn’t have any friends because of how busy she was and that had her lacking in social skills. She never was comfortable around people and none of her parents ever noticed or even thought that she was struggling. By the time ACT testing came around Miriam was depressed, underweight, sleep deprived, and heavily burned out. While she was encouraged to do her best she started to feel as if she wasn’t the best and she lost focus on her motivation, instead she came to resent her parents for pushing her to do her best all those years ago. She hated that they relied on her. She became resentful and

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