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subfield of psychology that is concerned with how psychological and social variables affect health and illness
a person's ability to bounce back or rebound psychologically after being confronted by stress
a movement within the field of psychology that stresses healthy psychological functioning, positive emotions, and resilient coping
general adaptation syndrome (GAS)
typical series of responses to stressful situations that includes the alarm, resistance and exhaustion stages
posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
set of symptoms that may follow deeply disturbing events; symptoms include reliving the event, difficulty concentrating, sleep disturbances, anxiety, and guilt
the first step in coping with stress; consists of determining whether the event is a threat or not
the second step in coping with stress; consists of deciding how to deal with the stress-producing situation
human immunodeficiency virus (HIV
a virus that is usually contracted through the transfer of semen, blood, or vaginal secretions and is the cause of AIDS
acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
viral disease transmitted via bodily fluids such as blood and semen, usually during sexual relations or by sharing needles used by a person infected with HIV; the virus attacks the body's immune system, resulting in vulnerability to infections and diseases, which eventually cause death
availability of comfort, recognition, approval, advice, money, or encouragement from others
series of exercises consisting of alternately tightening and relaxing major muscle groups
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