How Does Stress Affect The Mind

Avery Perkinson, New/Opinion Writer

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Not all stress is bad. All it is is a response. Stress can take a variety of forms.

Short term stress is for example having an argument with a loved one. Other stress is long term, often happening due to recurring events, like a demanding job for example.

According to Touro University Worldwide, in 2015 the top two leading reasons for stress was money and work for the eighth year in a row. Other small contributing factors include family responsibilities, personal health concerns, health problems affecting the family and the economy. Studies show that women do stress more than men.

Donna Tice said, “I can undergo major anxiety to the point of even an anxiety attack causing me to freeze up and feel as if i have a heavy weight on my chest and I am unable to do anything about slowly bringing me to the brink of even passing out during major anxiety attacks.”

The most common things teens are stressing about anymore is either school or family. Others include grades, projects, parents, homework, chores, etc.

Physical reactions that are involved with stress is, increased heart rate, your senses are heightened, breathe in more oxygen, and have a larger adrenaline rush. The constant buildup of stress can have long term effects.

It seems like stress is an everyday thing in most people’s lives anymore. If you learn how to cope with your stress and can definitely save your health in the long run.

“When someone experiences a stressful event, the amygdala, an area of the brain that contributes to emotional processing, sends a distress signal to the hypothalamus. This area of the brain functions like a command center, communicating with the rest of the body through the nervous system so that the person has the energy to fight or flee,” Harvard Health Publications of Harvard Medical School said.

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