This report is on stress, what causes it, how and why, and how it can be cured. It will tell
you all about stress, why it\'s important for people to
understand, and what it can do to you and other people.
Stress affects everyone and everything, that\'s why it\'s
important that we all be properly educated on it. First We
need to understand what stress is. Stress is basically the
body\'s nonspecific response to any demand. Another way
of describing stress is any nervousness or anxiety. Almost
all people relate the word stress to discomfort or pressure.
What they are actually thinking of is distress, which is often
referred to as stress. There are many things that cause
stress. In my opinion, this is the most important part of this
whole report because knowing the cause for stress can
help you avoid stressful situations. Just about any problem
using thought can cause stress. One of the most stressful of
all things, especially for teenagers, are social events.
Popularity, friends, relationships, and looks are more
stressful things to teenagers than parents. However, adults
tend to face such stressors as meeting deadlines, fear of
failure, anger, and frustration at the workplace. Everybody
is effected by stress when it comes to things like wars,
pollution, poverty, overcrowding, and crime. It is important
to learn how to live with these situations, because it is
nearly impossible to get through life without encountering
them. Most people know that stress could be bad, but how
bad? Physicians have proven that stress-related disorders,
diseases brought on or worsened by psychological stress,
are more likely to happen to people with very busy lives.
The sad results of too much stress can be: depression, drug
use, crime, dropping out of school, accidents, and even
suicide. These psychosomatic disorders commonly involve
the autonomic nervous system, which controls the body\'s
internal organs. Some kinds of headache and back and
facial pain, asthma, stomach ulcers, high blood pressure,
and premenstrual stress are examples of stress-related
disorders. (Funk & Wagnall\'s.) Respiratory disorders also
can be affected by stress. Most common of these is asthma
which may be caused by emotional upsets. (Funk &
Wagnall\'s.) In addition, emotional stress can cause or
aggravate many skin disorders, from those that produce
itching, tickling, and pain to those that cause rashes and
pimples. Treatment of stress-related disorders is sometimes
limited to relieving the particular physical symptom
involved; for example, hypertension may be controlled with
drugs. (Funk & Wagnall\'s.) Psychological treatments are
attempts to help the person to relieve the source of stress
or to learn to deal with it. Combinations of physical and
psychological treatments are often recommended. There
are many type of "toys," that help deal with stress also,
these are things that you can buy at a local store or make at
home. These things consist of toys like the stress balloon,
this lets you get rid of stress and frustration by tightly
gripping a balloon filled with flour. Another stress toy
would be the stress puppet, a doughy-like figure shaped as
little person, or a cotton filled doll that you can slam to
temporarily to get rid of your stress and frustration. More
accessible methods are drumming your fingers, shaking
your feet, or deep breathing. You can test your stress by
taking the stress test or exercise electrocardiography, a test
that evaluates the performance of the heart by subjecting it
to controlled amounts of physical stress. (Appley, M. H.,
and Trumbull, R. A.) Some examples of these tests would
be walking on a treadmill while measuring the heart\'s
reaction to an increased demand for oxygen. The test ends
when the patient reaches a predetermined heart rate or
experiences chest pain or fatigue. Not very long ago some
Physicians realized that many people are much more
vulnerable to disease and illness when they suffer from
mass amounts of stress. Negative events such as the death
of a loved one seem to cause enough distress to lower the
body\'s resistance to disease. Something not so obvious
though, is that even positive things such as a new job or a
new baby in the house, can also worsen a person\'s ability
to fight off disease. Below is a chart that some social
scientists have devised. It is a list of life events rating the
stressfulness of each. The death of a spouse rates a 100 on
the scale, but something like trouble with one\'s employer
rates 23; being fired, 47; going to jail, 63; and a change in
sleeping habits, 16. Change, both good and bad, can
create stress. Stress, if sufficiently severe, can lead to
illness. Drs. Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe,
psychiatrists at the University of Washington in Seattle,
developed the Social