Medicine and Health with Dr. Paul Anderson Podcast

January 2017 focus: Stress
A woman holding her head in stress
28 Sep 2017

I’m stressed – what does that really mean?

Original Air date, 01-05- 17.

The body is set up for it.

Stress – why the stigma?

Stress can come from anything. Pain, Surprise, Fear, Anxiety, Infection or Inflammation and many more things.
The body has two MAIN chemical responses when the stress input is received: Immediate release of catecholamines (adrenalin for fight, freeze or flight) and slower release of cortisol (a steroid hormone made by the adrenal glands) which has body-wide effects.

  • Catecholamines (the “adrenalin” family)
  • Cortisol (the “steroid” family)

An example of a normal stress response is; Responses to an injury, where the adrenal glands and brain work together to release enough catecholamine and then cortisol to trigger and then modulate the healing response. Eventually, both chemicals return to normal.

Eustress versus Distress: https://www.mentalhelp.net/articles/types-of-stressors-eustress-vs-distress/

Is the stress short or long?
How do we handle it?
Can the system get “tired” or “over-amped”?
Can the system be repaired?

http://www.ptsd.va.gov/
http://www.ptsdinfo.org/

*In the last week of this series (01-26-2017) we will go over the Adrenal Glands as an organ system specifically as a tie-in to the physical side of stress.


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