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Introduction to Psychology 2: TMA01 Part 1, Coping with stress

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Many young adults have experienced stress in certain ways and a terrifying amount did not handle it well.

For example, in the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why", it shows what life is like in an average high school in the United States of America and talks about the aftermath of a girl who committed suicide due to the overwhelming pressure she kept built up inside.

Stress is a primitive response that the human body will experience naturally, stress activates the nervous system which signals certain glands like adrenaline to be sent through the body. This response increases the heart rate, blood pressure and breathing pace which puts the human body on alert. For young adults entering the work force in Singapore, stress typically happens during deadlines set by school or at work. Naturally, “stress” is tagged with a negative meaning, which may not always be the case like starting a new job. There are many stressors and its severity, from minor stressors like a naughty child getting reprimanded to severe trauma rape survivors go through.

The personality of an individual affects how stress can be perceived and handled. Locus of control splits in to two categories, the internal locus of control has an optimistic view where the individual believes that they are able to control what happens, whereas external locus of control are more pessimistic where the individual accepts that things happen beyond their control. The former personality is usually more resilient and adaptable to stress. A certain trait both types may share is that at a certain point, learned helplessness happens. This means that they accept something is not within their control after multiple encounters or experiences.

Coping with stress differs for individuals who come from different social backgrounds and through genetics. Every person has different resistance to handling stress and they have different methods they tend to look for to cope with them. Examples of coping is to remove the source of stress by solving it as a problem, which is objective in meaning. Another example is to reduce stress through emotional means like engaging activities they might enjoy. During the transition from a teenager to young adult, some may cope through partying and drinking alcohol, while others may find peace in themselves to exercise or going shopping. These are mostly positive lifestyle choices in which they find satisfaction and general social support. It is very important to receive sufficient social support for every individual as it affects the psychological and emotional status which correlates to the physical health of an individual.

Psychological Stress: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment & Diagnosis. Stress.

Psychological Stress: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment & Diagnosis

It’s a four-letter word that many of us dread. Whether it’s a tense interaction with a boss or pressure from friends and family, we all face stressful situations from time to time. For some of us, these events happen sporadically. For others, daily stress is a regular part of life. There’s a good chance we can all identify negative stress, but did you know that stress can also be positive? Good stress, called eustress, can actually be beneficial to you.

On the other hand, bad stress typically causes anxiety, concern, and a decrease in performance. It’s no secret that the long-term effects of distress can . Stress has the ability to negatively impact our lives. According to the American Psychological Association, untreated chronic stress, or stress that’s constant and lasts over an extended period of time, can result in high blood pressure or a weakened immune system. It can also contribute to the development of and heart disease. Get Answers from a Doctor in Minutes, Anytime. Stress and teenagers - ReachOut Parents. It’s very common for young people to feel stressed out from time to time.

Stress and teenagers - ReachOut Parents

Stress is a normal part of life and can even be beneficial in some situations. However, if you’re worried that your child is under a lot of stress and it’s been going on for a while or is affecting their everyday life, there are things you can do to help them. This article can help if you want to: Stress and Social Support Research. Social support has been widely studied as a factor that minimizes the effects on stress, and the results are somewhat striking.

Stress and Social Support Research

Not only does social support help people feel less stressed, but it can also actually improve your health and decrease their mortality risk. Here’s more of what you need to know about the relationship between your relationships and the effects of stress on your body and mind. Social Support Basics We all have a good basic idea of what it means to have social support in one’s life, but when discussing research, it helps to be precise. Social support, when studied by psychologists, is often defined as “acts that communicate caring; that validate the other’s words, feelings or actions; or that facilitate adaptive coping with problems through the provision of information, assistance, or tangible resources”. Types of Social Support Not all types of social support are the same.