Stress Management Part 2. Before. After. NJ AIHA Local Section Meeting November 16, 2006 . Review. Stress: is the automatic biochemical state that results when the body is required to respond to a physical or psychological demand.
NJ AIHA Local Section Meeting
November 16, 2006
The stress response is driven by hormones (chemicals) flowing throughout the body. They control blood flow, heart rate, glucose levels, and the overall readiness of the body for physical action. Stress hormones are produced automatically by the endocrine system in response to the level of urgency the brain perceives.
The brain is composed of three basic sections; i.e., the triune concept. Brain researchers believe that the three parts evolved independently over the course of human development. The most ancient structure, the R-complex is common among all vertebrates today and controls basic body functions. The limbic and neomammalian sections appeared more recently in evolution and control higher functions.
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Research also shows that the three segments are inter- connected but operate within pre-programmed levels of independence. And for some functions, the cerebrum simplycannot override neurological commands originating in these lower segments. So, when crisis conditions prevail, these systems operate almost autonomously, directing the basic human functioning toward survival-based reaction.