Fight-or-flight response

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  • Acute Stress Response Essay Introduction

    the hazard, but you see no one. Your heart starts racing. You begin to sweat. Your mouth dries and you feel butterflies in your stomach. Your hair stands on end. You feel a surge of energy and in a split second you find yourself running away from the noise. Whether you’re aware of it or not, your body just went through a response known as the fight or flight response also known as the acute stress response. The fight or flight response evolved as a mechanism enabling humans and other mammals to react quickly to potentially life-threatening dangers. The sequence of physiological response and hormonal changes allows for someone to choose between fleeing to safety and fighting off the threat. The body is very sensitive, however, and oftentimes the response is triggered by stressors that are not life threatening such as financial worries, relationship problems, and work/school related concerns. Rather than being a beneficial response, for some it has turned into a harmful response causing them more harm than good.…

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  • Gut Instincts You Don T Ignore Analysis

    quality of trust or confidence in themselves to do so. Overall it leads back to their instincts as a reference in its definition. Instincts come from the word instinctus or better known as an impulse, stating that an organism's biological nature is to make decisions over one another. It's just another tool that the body uses to survive It is pre-programmed into organisms to recognize any potential danger, also known to be the fight or flight response. (Your Gut Feeling Is Way More Than Just A…

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  • Lord Of The Flies Adaptation Analysis

    them to make extreme decisions. Both of these pieces of literature include examples of physiological changes in humans in order to keep them healthy, emotional contagion amongst the group of characters so as to form a community, and a large focus on the natural fight or flight response when subjected to immense stress. Accordingly, all are adaptations that help the…

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  • Inject-Injury Type-Specific (BIITS) Phobia?

    evolution and survival of every animal species. In our study, we will focus on vasovagal fainting episodes induced by viewing injections and wounds in persons with Blood-Inject-Injury Type Specific (BIITS) phobia. Reports of fainting reactions to fear-related stimuli are less than 0.1% across all phobias but reported in 100% of BIITS phobia patients (H. Stephan Bracha, 2004). In physiological terms, a BIITS phobia vasovagal fainting response consists of two phases. First there is a brief spike…

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  • Stress: The Five Dimensions Of Health

    quicker and better. However, when stress exceeds a certain point, life can become overwhelming and can result in damaging a person’s health, mood, relationships, and quality of life. Luckily, there are ways to recognize the signs of stress and reduce the damaging effects stress has on the physical dimension of health. Stress is the body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When an individual feels threatened, the nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones,…

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  • Fight Or Flight Response Essay

    at all costs. One of these features that has evolved with our species is called “Fight or Flight Response” in an article written by How Stuff Works, Julia Layton tells us that “When the hypothalamus tells the sympathetic nervous system to kick into gear, the overall effect is that the body speeds up, tenses up and becomes generally very alert”. This same response will initiate for various reasons and is a learned response. It has played pivotal roles in keeping us alive as a species for…

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  • Chronic Stress Essay

    Acute stress (like a car accident) causes your heart rate to speed up because of the stress hormones and adrenaline being released into the blood stream. Once the acute stressor has passed everything in the body returns to normal. Chronic stress is defined above as long-term stress in the side text. Therefore, in chronic stress, your body is constantly in a state of fight or flight response, the heart beats fast, and adrenaline is constantly being released. Having chronic stress can put you at a…

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  • Reflective Essay: The Definition Of Anxiety

    At one point in time, I felt helpless, and at other moments I felt entirely alone. When I would speak to family members and friends, they would tell me: it was all in my head” and that I was simply “overthinking”. No one had any idea on how to help me, I could not even help myself. My mother never wanted me to seek help because she did not want me to be categorized as "crazy", or just simply mentally unstable. But what she didn 't understand, is with so many things going on in my head and…

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  • Lazarus And Folkman Theory

    Stress is defined as “appraised by the person (of a situation) as taxing or exceeding his or her resources and endangering well being, ” (Lazarus & Folkman, 1984) and is commonly regarded as something people experience when they attend hospital. Having a high stress level may impact negatively on communication between patient and staff within the hospital, with communication being defined as “The process of passing information and understanding from one person to another" (Theo Haimann SAY WHAT…

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  • Cause Of Anxiety

    stress. Most people respond to anxiety by using coping skills that are learned external behaviors or internal though process consciously used to decrease discomfort. Anxious persons show physical, emotional, and cognitive manifestations according to their level of anxiety. A person experiencing mild anxiety has increased pulse and blood pressure, has a positive affect, and has an alertness that can solve a problem and that can prepare to learn information. In moderate anxiety, a person has…

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