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In which of the following disorders is stress NOT considered to be an exacerbating factor?

cystic fibrosis

Improved function of the heart and brain during a stress response results from:

2. bronchodilation
3. vasoconstriction in the skin and viscera

In which of the following situations would the stress response be used to prevent blood pressure from dropping too low?

internal hemorrhage from injuries in a car accident

During the stress response, glucocorticoids assist in:

increasing blood glucose levels and stabilizing blood pressure

Severe, prolonged stress may cause acute renal failure or stress ulcers to develop due to:

prolonged vasoconstriction and ischemia

Selye defined 3 stages in the stress response. The third stage is designated as the:

stage of exhaustion

The stress response involves the integrated action of the:

1. hypothalamus
2. hypophysis
3. sympathetic nervous system
4. adrenal glands

Possible complications caused by prolonged, severe stress include all EXCEPT:


A serious consequence of a major disaster, first recognized in war veterans is:

posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

The basic physiologic response to stress is the same in all individuals. T/F?


Which of the following may alter a person's perception of a stressor?

a) the presence of several stressors at the same time
b) past experiences
c) lack of effective coping mechanisms

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