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Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain. Difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension.

Stress Management - PTSD

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Stressed out person photo Stress is a feeling of strain and pressure. Excessive amounts of stress may lead to bodily harm. Stress can increase the risk of strokes, heart attacks, ulcers, dwarfism, and mental illnesses such as depression. Stress can be external and related to the environment, but may also be created by internal perceptions that cause an individual to experience Anxiety or other negative emotions surrounding a situation, such as pressure, discomfort, etc., which they then deem stressful. Humans experience stress, or perceive things as threatening, when they do not believe that their resources for coping with obstacles (stimuli, people, situations, etc.) are enough for what the circumstances demand. When we think the demands being placed on us exceed our ability to cope, we then perceive stress. But not all stress has negative effects. Small amounts of stress may be desired, beneficial, and even healthy. Positive stress helps improve athletic performance. It also plays a factor in motivation, adaptation, and reaction to the environment. Signs of Stress

The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. Stress can be positive, keeping us alert and ready to avoid danger. But stress can become a negative when a person faces continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between challenges. As a result, the person becomes overworked, and stress-related tension builds. Stress costs American industry more than $300 billion annually.

Cortisone is a pregnane (21-carbon) steroid Hormone. It is one of the main hormones released by the adrenal gland in response to stress. Cortisol

Effects of Stress on your Body

Not all stress is bad. Stress from certain exercises is beneficial. Stress from reducing food intake also has benefits.

What doesn't kill you doesn't necessarily make you stronger. - Exposure

Chronic Stress is the response to emotional pressure suffered for a prolonged period of time in which an individual perceives he or she has little or no control. It involves an endocrine system response in which corticosteroids are released. While the immediate effects of stress hormones are beneficial in a particular short-term situation, long-term exposure to stress creates a high level of these hormones. This may lead to high blood pressure (and subsequently heart disease), damage to muscle tissue, inhibition of growth, suppression of the immune system, and damage to mental health.

Social Pressures

Stress (biology) is an organism's response to a stressor such as an environmental condition. Stress is a body's method of reacting to a challenge. According to the stressful event, the body's way to respond to stress is by sympathetic nervous system activation which results in the fight-or-flight response. Because the body can not keep this state for long periods of time, the parasympathetic system returns the body's physiological conditions to normal (homeostasis). In humans, stress typically describes a negative condition that can affect a person's mental and physical well-being.

Occupational Stress is stress related to one's job. Occupational stress often stems from unexpected responsibilities and pressures that do not align with a person's knowledge, skills, or expectations, inhibiting one's ability to Cope. Occupational stress can increase when workers do not feel supported by supervisors or colleagues, or feel as if they have little control over work processes.

Job Stress - Stress Brain

Stress Experienced by Nurses
Increased prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in critical care nurses
Alleviating job stress in nurses: approaches to reducing job stress in nurses.
Depression, Anxiety and Symptoms of Stress among Hong Kong Nurses: A Cross-sectional Study
Comparison of the Value of Nursing Work Environments in Hospitals Across Different Levels of Patient Risk.

Alarm Fatigue

Techno-Stress is the negative psychological link between people and the introduction of new technologies. Where ergonomics is the study of how humans react to and physically fit with machines in their environment, technostress is a result of altered habits of work and collaboration that are being brought about due to the use of modern information technologies at office and home situations. People experience technostress when they cannot adapt to or cope with information technologies in a healthy manner. They feel compulsive about being connected and sharing constant updates, feel forced to respond to work-related information in real-time, and engage in almost habitual multi-tasking. They feel compelled to work faster because information flows faster, and have little time to spend on sustained thinking and creative analysis.

Acute Stress Reaction is a psychological condition arising in response to a terrifying or traumatic event, or witnessing a traumatic event that arises a strong emotional response within the individual. It should not be confused with the unrelated circulatory condition of shock/ hypoperfusion, or the concept of shock value. Acute stress reaction may develop into delayed stress reaction or better known as PTSD if stress isn't correctly managed.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event, such as sexual assault, warfare, traffic collisions, or other threats on a person's life. Symptoms may include disturbing thoughts, feelings, or dreams related to the events, mental or physical distress to trauma-related cues, attempts to avoid trauma-related cues, alterations in how a person thinks and feels, and increased arousal. These symptoms last for more than a month after the event. Young children are less likely to show distress but instead may express their memories through play. Those with PTSD are at a higher risk of suicide.

The Post Traumatic Stress Center
Post Dramatic Stress Syndrome
Correlation between PTSD & Substance Abuse
We train soldiers for war. Let's train them to come home, too: Hector Garcia (video and interactive text)
PTSD Coach App

Combat Stress Reaction is a term used within the military to describe acute behavioral disorganization seen by medical personnel as a direct result of the trauma of war. Also known as "combat fatigue" or "battle neurosis", it has some overlap with the diagnosis of acute stress reaction used in civilian psychiatry. It is historically linked to shell shock and can sometimes precurse post-traumatic stress disorder.

Survivor Guilt is a mental condition that occurs when a person perceives themselves to have done wrong by surviving a traumatic event when others did not. It may be found among survivors of murder, terrorism, combat, natural disasters, epidemics, among the friends and family of those who have died by suicide, and in non-mortal situations such as among those whose colleagues are laid off.

Psychological Trauma is a type of damage to the mind that occurs as a result of a severely distressing event. Trauma is often the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds one's ability to Cope, or integrate the emotions involved with that experience. A traumatic event involves one's experience, or repeating events of being overwhelmed that can be precipitated in weeks, years, or even decades as the person struggles to cope with the immediate circumstances, eventually leading to serious, long-term negative consequences.

Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is a proposed diagnostic term for a variant of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that results from repetitive, prolonged trauma involving harm or abandonment by a caregiver or other interpersonal relationship with an uneven power dynamic, such as intimate partner violence (IPV). C-PTSD is associated with child abuse or neglect, IPV, hostages or prisoners of war, concentration camp survivors, defectors of certain organizations that some considered cults. Situations involving captivity or entrapment (a situation lacking a viable escape route for the victim) can lead to C-PTSD-like symptoms, which include prolonged feelings of helplessness and deformation of one's identity and sense of self.

TSRI Researchers Discover How the Brain Turns Chronic Stress into Pathological Anxiety

Endocannabinoid or eCB system include natural lipid signaling molecules that bind to cannabinoid receptors in the brain
a peptide molecule called corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF). Anandamide clearance enzyme fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) override the stress-reducing capabilities of a major eCB called N-arachidonoylethanolamine (anandamide). Increased CRF was also associated with drops in anandamide levels in the central nucleus of the amygdala. Together, increased FAAH activity and decreased anandamide signaling reduce inhibitory control of excitatory neurotransmission in this critical region, and lower the brain's ability to regulate stress and anxiety.

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Most stress is created in our mind, if it's not a Fight or Flight a Life or Death Situation, then the stress you're feeling is all created by you. Exercise is stressful, yet it's good for us. You can say that it's a different kind of stress but you can not ignore the fact that you can easily not enjoy exercising, so it's how you Perceive it. Fear can cause stress, but when I watch a horror movie I can experience some of the same effects that fear causes, even knowing it's a movie and it's not real. So the stress is not damaging but more entertaining. Again it's how you perceive it.

Tend and Befriend is a behavior exhibited by some animals, including humans, in response to threat. It refers to protection of offspring (tending) and seeking out the social group for mutual defense (befriending). Tend-and-befriend is theorized as having evolved as the typical female response to stress, just as the primary male response was fight-or-flight.

Bad Memories

Stress Management refers to the wide spectrum of techniques and psychotherapies aimed at controlling a person's levels of stress, especially chronic stress, usually for the purpose of improving everyday functioning.

Some of the things that help reduce some of the effects of Stress:
Stress RelieversSleep
Meditation
Exercise
Sports
Eating Healthy
Talking
Faith
Learning
Games
Humor
Chewing Gum
Music
Tea
Writing
Travel
Sex
Time Management
Decision Making
Planning
Goals
Controls

Controlling your breathing and being aware of your breathing can help control your emotions.
Breathing Exercises

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Relaxation Techniques
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Stress
Punching Bag (wiki)
Coping
Patience
Balance

You have to learn how to adjust your comfort level because not all Pain is injury related.

Happy Thoughts are just logical thoughts.

Cortisol has been shown to damage and kill cells in the hippocampus (the brain area responsible for your episodic memory) and there is robust evidence that chronic stress causes premature brain aging. Stress Hormone Cortisol "Turning adversity into opportunity"  

Cortisol Hormone is a steroid hormone, in the glucocorticoid class of hormones. When used as a medication, it is known as hydrocortisone.

Serotonin Transporter is a protein that in humans is encoded by the SLC6A4 gene. SERT is a type of monoamine transporter protein that transports serotonin from the synaptic cleft to the presynaptic neuron.

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Reverse Placebo

We all know about Second Chances
Everyone wishes at some point in their life that they would have had a second chance. What would you say? What would you do differently if you had a second chance? We need to stop defining our past experiences as being the only chances that we have.
Everyday that you wakeup is a second chance. Second chances are everywhere. But you have to open your heart and open your mind and seek out second chance moments, because second chances will not always come to you. You need to learn from your past, share what you have learned, and create new futures. This way your past doesn't become someone's else's future.

"Life shouldn't be something that you have to endure, life should be something that you should love to explore."

"The Reality for most people is Sleep very little, Eat unhealthy, Work too much and then Repeat. Eat, Pray, Love must be about praying for a better world."

Under Pressure - Queen and David Bowie - with lyrics (youtube)




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