Stress Term Paper

2637 Words Nov 17th, 2005 11 Pages
The Effects of Stress
Stress is an ongoing dilemma which occurs in everyone's life. It is a factor that is without a question apart of daily living. Due to the minor problems that occur in people's daily lives, massive amounts of stress can arise. Stress means different things to people and effects people in different ways. Some people think stress is something that happens to them such as an injury or a birthday. And others think that stress is what happens to our mind, body, and behaviors in a response to an event. While stress does involve events and how one responds to them, these are not the critical factors, but our thoughts about the situation in which we are involved are the critical factors. Essentially, stress exists
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Another way that stress can affect us is by affecting the way we think. Stress can affect our minds and possibly create mental disorders. Mental disorders are the result of a varying combination of sources, one of which is stress. (Thomas,2000) Some examples of other sources are chemical imbalances, inherited characteristics, early learning experiences, brain damage, and psychological traits. People sometimes have symptoms of mental disorders, but they usually do not meet the criteria or are not clinically severe enough to receive treatment. Before a person can be diagnosed with a mental disorder, his or her thoughts, feelings, and actions must meet the criteria for the mental disorder and must prevent enough social, occupation, or other forms of functioning. Stress may play a causal role in a wide variety of mental disorders. Some of the mental disorders in which stress appears to have a causal role are anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and substance-related disorders.
Stress is also linked to many heart related conditions. Coronary heart disease is the major cause of cardiovascular disease, which is the number one cause of death in both men and women of America(The American Medical Women's Association Guide to Cardiovascular Health, 1997). Coronary heart disease refers to the presence of

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