How Prolonged Stress Creates Illness
by Richard Boyd, Body Mind Psychotherapist, Energetics Institute, Perth, West Australia
We live in a world that creates stress for all of us. The way we react and cope with stress is the key difference that dictates those who have resilience against stress and those who suffer stress related issues.
The contribution of neuroscience to our understanding of stress has been to map the integrative nature of our bi-directional physiology in terms of how our brain and body communicate. The pathways for this communication include our Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), endocrine system, and immune systems.
We also now know that our ability to engage in the social environment has the ability to create resilience against stress. Social engagement has the ability to impact physical, mental and emotional health and can lead to the progression of a number of specific diseases.
It was Hans Selye who introduced the concept of "stress" into popular and medical language. His theory of stress centred around the concept of a "fight or flight" response that originates out of the Sympathetic state of the ANS.
Stress was seen as basically a 3 stage process where:
1) An alarm reaction to the stressor occurs which releases adrenaline, epinephrine and gluto-corticoids.
2) Resistance in which a defensive posture or action is adaptively initiated, sustained and ideally is successful.
3) Collapse or exhaustion if the response or defence fails against the stressor, or the stress continues, and illness or death follows.Click the following link to read the full article: How Prolonged Stress Creates Illness
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