Stress as a Precursor of Health Problems of College Students Essay

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STRESS AS A PRECURSOR OF HEALTH PROBLEMS OF COLLEGE STUDENTS

Submitted by:
Del Rosario, J. Anne Nicole D.
Garcia, Jose Mari B.
Yu, Mark Rainier C.S.

2 – BIO 6

September 26, 2011

Thesis Statement: College students who are exposed to extreme stress encounter several health risks.

Outline:

I. Introduction A. Background B. Thesis Statement
II. Health Problems of College Students Caused by Stress A. Insomnia 1. Causes 2. Effects B. Obesity 1. Causes 2. Effects C. Ulcers 1. Causes 2. Effects
III. Preventive Measures for Stress-Induced Diseases A. For Insomnia B. For Weight Gain C. For Ulcers D. For Stress in General
IV.
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More than 30% of the world population experiences this kind of disorder and approximately 10% of the population may suffer from chronic insomnia. Insomnia is very common among people. It affects different kinds of people of all ages from children to adults. It is said that women are more often affected than men.

Insomnia may be divided into three classes: transient insomnia (insomnia that lasts for only one week); short-term insomnia (lasts more than 1 week but less than 3 weeks); long-term or chronic insomnia (lasts more than 3 weeks).

Insomnia may be further classified into primary insomnia and secondary insomnia. Primary insomnia refers to insomnia that is not caused by any physical or mental condition. Situational and stress factors leading to primary insomnia may include stressful life situations (preparing for an examination, finishing a research paper, etc.), anxiety, jet lag, physical discomfort (hot, cold, lighting, noise, unfamiliar surroundings), drugs, cigarette smoking, caffeine intake prior to going to bed, alcohol intoxication or withdrawal, or certain medications.

Most of the above causes are just short-termed or transient factors, therefore it could be resolved easily with proper health care.

Secondary insomnia is caused by a medical condition. Depression is the very common cause of secondary insomnia.

Insomnia is a disease that affects millions of people around the world. Having insomnia is

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