the process by which we appraise and cope with environmental threats and challenges
three main sources of stress
• daily stress - daily hassles
• significant changes in your life ex: someone dies, etc.
when our adrenal glands to secrete adrenaline (epinephrine) into our bloodstream
Hans Selye's general adaptation syndrome (GAS) and order
describes stages in the body's response to prolonged stress
alarm reaction - resistance - exhaustion
Stress lowers the body's resistance to:
viral infections, bacterial infections, cancer, heart disease (anger is a big culprit)
type A personality
refers to individuals who are competitive, hard-driving, very time-conscious, and easily angered
type D personalities
depression significantly increases the chances of heart attacks
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