What is stress? Stress is defined as the physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral responses to events that are viewed as threatening or challenging (Ciccarelli and White 2009). Stress differs from person to person and can be experienced in many difference ways. Also, what may be stressful to me may not be stressful to someone else. In this paper I plan on discussing how people can be affected by stress positively and negatively. I will go specifically go over a few ways people are affected by stress; aches and pains you may feel from stress, effects of prenatal stress, and positive stress.
How stress can affect many people: Every day life events can send us on an emotional rollercoaster and we can positively or negatively affected by stress. There are many signs and symptoms of stress. Some negative symptoms include various body pains, trouble sleeping, teeth grinding, and excess worry. Too much stress can lead to other problems such as depression, insomnia, or anxiety. A lot of times we experience negative stress when we feel our back is against the wall. A poll released by the American Pain Association in 2009 found that 68% of people that experience acute back pain or minor muscle strains and sprains that year were related to the recession this country is experiencing (Editors, Stress in tough economic times add to physical discomfort (TOPICAL ANALGESICS)(Brief Acticle), 2009). Anything from a hard test coming up to a major loss or catastrophe can cause anyone of these negative stress symptoms. Stress can also cause behavior changes in us. One behavioral change that I personally experienced through stress is displaced aggression/displacement. I have actually been on both sides of displaced aggression. There were times where I had something at work make me so upset that I let the problem come home with me and yelled at my significant over a smaller situation that had nothing to do with the problem that originally made me upset. Most of the time what he does isn’t even something I would have yell at him about and quite honestly, he gets yelled at because I was already in a bad mood. My fiancé also has the same problem when it comes to frustrating situations at work. So my karma actually comes back to me and I have a better understanding that he’s not really upset with me just displaying his anger with another situation.
Aches and pains: Stress can be a pain in the neck (literally!). Our body can tend to use pain as a sign that we are stress out. In the book, The Stress Effect, there are several cases that are discussed where the author, chiropractor Richard Weinstein comes across a few patients that are experiencing pain throughout their body. While treating these patients, he discovers that a lot of their pain is cause from elevated or decrease levels of adrenal hormones. One case in particular, (called Marilyn) discusses how a patient was experiencing burning pain in her esophagus, blood in the stool,...