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There is only one stress reaction, known as the General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS), and each of the many stressors is capable of initiating the reaction. Read The Stress of Life by Dr. Hans Selye. A very important point to appreciate about stress. The stress reaction is ultimately characterized by the formation of gastrointestinal ulcers , hyperactivity of the adrenal gland and weakening of the immune system.
Interesting enough, theses reaction stressors can be linked to most diseases known to man. Eliminate those stressors and exert your influence. Ask yourself which stressors you can control. Basically, we can influence only first three stressors to any appreciable degree. These are biomechanical, psychological, and biochemical or nutritional. The way to improve health is to make it physically, mentally and nutritionally strong.
Stress: The nonspecific response of the body to any demand, whether it is caused by, or results in, pleasant or unpleasant conditions.
Stress Syndrome: The stress syndrome, also called the General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS), is specific in its manifestation although it [the GAS] is induced by nonspecific agents and conditions known as stressors.
The specific biologic changes associated with the GAS included the following.
a) Adrenal enlargement
b) Thymicolymphatic involution
c) Ulceration of intestinal tract
There are three stages of GAS
(1) The Alarm Reaction: This is the general call to arms to the defensive forces of the body in response to a stressor(s). The above biologic changes described can develop.
(2) The Stage of Resistance: The body adapts to the presence of the stressor and is able to function in an apparently normal manner, despite the continued presence of the stressor. The biologic changes return toward normal in the stage.
(3) The Stage of Exhaustion: The body LOSES its ability to adapt to the presence of the stressor and eventually dies. The biologic changes return and PROGRESS until the death of the organism.