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Mind- Body Interaction
Sometimes, one can be experiencing stress but his/ her mind and body can be so good at hiding it at times without even being aware. In such cases the symptoms might be more subtle and therefore difficult to recognise, such as: * working endlessly without tiring * having little feeling or emotion (except the occasional outburst of anger) * increased use of alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes or other drugs (which may suppress feelings of stress) * behaviour that is 'out of character' * an inability to relax
If you are under a lot of stress for a prolonged period of time, but do not feel stressed, eventually it may catch up with you and cause more serious symptoms, such as: * stomach ulcers * heart problems * minor illness (allergies, skin disorders, migraine) * serious illness (eg: arthritis, cancer, diabetes) * mental problems (eg: depression
Consider this example of mind- body interaction. * Tomorrow you are schedule to take a final examination, and you must pass the course in order to remain in the nursing program. After a sleepless night, you cannot swallow any food at breakfast, your heartbeat is rapid, you are filled with feelings of anxiety, and you have a diarrhea.
What causes the link between psychological stressors and the physiologic stress response? The exact cause is not well known but it is thought that humans respond to treats of danger as if they were physiologic threats. A person perceives the threat on an emotional level, and the body prepares itself either to withstand the danger or to run away from it (the fight- or- flight response).
Each person responds to stress in his or her own way. With prolong stress, some may develop chronic diarrhea and others may develop headaches. Such illnesses are real and are called psychosomatic disorders because the physiologic…...

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