Essay on The Effects Of Stress On College Students

1406 Words Nov 6th, 2016 6 Pages
Stress is a major problem in college students, however, it can be dealt with using a few simple tactics. According to a survey by the Associated Press and mtvU, four out of ten college students admit to feeling stressed often. One out of five say that they feel stressed most of the time. One of every four report experiencing stress on a daily basis, and one in ten admit that they have experienced thoughts of suicide. Stress is very common in college students and can be caused by factors such as lack of sleep, heavy workload, unhealthy eating habits, or lack of time management. The term stress has actually only been around for a little over fifty years. After completing his medical training at the University of Montreal, Hans Selye realized that all of his patients in the hospital looked sick no matter what was wrong with them. Selye made the assumption that all of the patients were under physical stress. Hans Selye is known as one of the fathers of stress research and decided to borrow the term stress from the field of physics. He coined the name “General Adaptation Syndrome”, which refers to his proposal that stress is a non-specific strain on the body caused by irregularities in normal body functions, therefore releasing stress hormones (“Centre for Studies on Human Stress”). “General Adaptation Syndrome” has three stages. The first stage is the alarm reaction, which is the immediate “fight or flight” reaction to a stressor that takes away energy from systems such as…

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