Dr. Nikki Woller, Ph.D., LCSW & Associates
Resistance Phase: OMG!! Are we okay phase?
Our body is on standby.
EMERGENCY MESSAGE: "Body parts, we think everything is okay, but we aren't sure!!"
Body: Tries to counteract the physical and chemical changes from the alarm phase.
Heart: Starts to return to normal.
If - Stressful Situation = Stops Then - Body = Return to Normal
If - Stressful Situation = Continues Then - Body = Stay at Alert and Will Continue with Stress Hormone Production (person will struggle to concentrate and become irritable)
Today we are going to learn about stress and the effects of stress on the health of a person. Let's start by finding out how much stress we have in our own life. Let's take the stress assessment attached.
Exhaustion Phase: I hope we are okay!! We don't have any gas left!!
EMERGENCY MESSAGE: "Body parts, we are OUT OF GAS!! Hope everything is okay."
Body: Depleted its energy sources.
Results: Tiredness Depression Anxiety Feeling unable to cope Risk of developing stress-related health conditions
What exactly is stress and what happens when we feel stressed out?
Long Term Medical and Emotional Problems
What are some professions that are constantly going through G.A.S.?
Consequences of ongoing stress
General Adaptation Syndrome
Alarm Phase: Fight or Flight
Our brain sends an emergency signal to other parts of your body.
EMERGENCY MESSAGE: "Body parts, we are in a dangerous situation!! Standby for instructions!!"
Heart: Starts beating faster to give us more blood and oxygen to arms and legs (more energy).
Head: Gets hot (result of hormones released). Starts to assess situation.
Brain: Releases Adrenaline (for energy).
Common changes associated with the alarm stage include heart palpitations, shallow breathing, muscle tension in lower back and neck, nausea, anxiety, dizziness, sweating, and numbness of the limbs.
Stress is our bodies response to something that happens to us or someone else (a stressor). When we are stressed our brain releases chemicals into our body to help us cope with the stressor that we are experiencing.