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Jul 5th, 2011

Stress – Part 2

So what is stress? A climber clinging uncertainly to the face of the cliff feels stress. So do children waiting for a school bus in the freezing rain and a homemaker who burns a hand on the stove. Their specific reactions vary: the climber sweats and gets a tight stomach, the children go pale and shiver, and the homemaker suffers an inflamed hand and emotional shock. However their internal biochemical responses are the same. They all undergo increased production of the neurotransmitter adrenalin, and this leads to other biochemical, neurological, and physical changes that help them cope with the increased stress response. It always take place in exactly the same way, regardless of what has caused the stress.

Come back tomorrow for part 3!

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