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10) Pysiological Methods of Stress Management – Drug Therapies

Drugs can be used as a quick and relatively easy way of dealing with stress, especially in the short term. Benzodiazepines These are drugs we use to treat anxiety (which often results from stress). GABA is a neurotransmitter in the body which relaxes the brain by meaning the neurons aren’t stimulated to easily. Benzodiazepines (BZs) increase … Continue reading

9) Pyschological Methods of Stress Management – CBT

Cogntivie Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a therapy used to help manage stress. There are two main approaches involved in CBT: Cognitive Therapy – tries to change maladaptive thoughts and beliefs, which can be a source of stress Behavioral Therapy – try to change the behaviour, which can be a source of stress Stress Inoculation Training (SIT) … Continue reading

8) Different ways of coping with stress

There are two main approaches to dealing with stress; problem-focused and emotion-focused coping. Problem-focused coping These are strategies that attempt to deal with the problem as the root cause of stress. Examples of this include, taking control of the situation and looking at several different ways of dealing with the stressors. Many psychologists agree that … Continue reading

7) How stress affects Health

Stress is thought to cause health issues. For example the release of Adrenaline and Cortisol restrict blood vessels and increase heart rate, and this could lead to cardiovascular problems. Also Cortisol reduces the immune system in order to help Fight or Flight, however over time this could lead to an inability to fight of infection. … Continue reading

6) How the body responds to stress

Acute Stress Acute Stress is short-term stress, and it causes a reaction in the body to cope with it, fight or flight. This is when the sympthamedullary pathway causes the body to fight the danger, or run from it, through the release of Noradrenaline and Adrenaline. This response happens as shown below: 1) Body detects a threat … Continue reading

5) The Hardy Personality and Stress

Kobasa and Maddi said some people have a “hardy personality”. If someone has high Hardiness they have a strong defence against the negative effects of stress. Key features of this personality include being high in control, commitment and challenge. Control: Hardy people see themselves as being in control of their lives rather than being controlled by other … Continue reading

4) Type A Personality as a cause of Stress

There are two types of personality, Type A and Type B. People with a Type A personality are often driven, ambitious, competitive, impatient, hostile and aggressive. These characteristics can lead to stress due to an increase in stress hormones released. Also because they are so ambitious and confident, if they don’t feel their skills are being … Continue reading

3) Workplace as a cause of Stress

The workplace can be a massive cause of stress, there are several key reasons for this. One is that the workload can cause stress; people feel pressured by the amount of work and that they don’t have the control to do it all. Also the workload can be monotonous, repetitive, and intensive, causing stress.  The … Continue reading

2) Daily hassles as a cause of stress

Daily hassles as the frustrating, irritation everyday experiences that cause us “hassle” and often lead to stress Daily Uplifts are minor positive things in life that make us a feel a little better Research into daily hassles as stressors Bouteyre et al AIM – To test a relationship between daily hassles and mental health PROCEDURE … Continue reading

1) Life Changes as a cause of stress

Life Changes are significant events which require a lot of adjustment too someones life. These events cause stress. Examples of these would be Marriage, Childbirth or a change of job. Holmes and Rahe’s “SRRS” Holmes and Rahe devised the SRRS, or Social readjustment rating scale, to measure the amount of stress someone faces from life changes. … Continue reading