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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.
• catastrophes

fight-or-flight response

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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