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Understanding the stress response – Harvard Health

Chronic activation of this survival mechanism impairs health

chronic stress

A stressful situation — whether something environmental, such as a looming work deadline, or psychological, such as persistent worry about losing a job — can trigger a cascade of stress hormones that produce well-orchestrated physiological changes. A stressful incident can make the heart pound and breathing quicken. Muscles tense and beads of sweat appear.

This combination of reactions to stress is also known as the “fight-or-flight” response because it evolved as a survival mechanism, enabling people and other mammals to react quickly to life-threatening situations. The carefully orchestrated yet near-instantaneous sequence of hormonal changes and physiological responses helps someone to fight the threat off or flee to safety. Unfortunately, the body can also overreact to stressors that are not life-threatening, such as traffic jams, work pressure, and family difficulties.

Over the years, researchers have learned not only how and why these reactions

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Understanding Hospital Acronyms for Floors and Units

If you or your loved one is in the hospital, you may be struggling to make sense of all the acronyms that represent the different floors and units of the institution.

The following acronyms are frequently used in hospitals to describe where the patient is receiving care before, during, and after surgery. They may vary somewhat between facilities but these are fairly standard in the United States.

ER

The emergency room, also referred to as the emergency department, is where you’re first seen after a sudden and serious illness or injury. You may arrive at the ER by private transportation or by ambulance.

Care is provided according to the severity of your illness rather than by when you arrived. This is because an individual who’s having a heart attack requires immediate treatment, while those with less serious injuries are able to wait.

The general rule of thumb is that if

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What is Health? | Understanding Health

What is Health?

Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.  There are three clearly identifiable aspects to health:

 

1. Emotional or Mental Health:

Healthy thoughts and attitudes. Our emotional health, which is sometimes referred to as emotional intelligence, plays an  enormous, and often unrealized, role in someone’s overall health and fitness state. If someone  is suffering from mental health difficulties, they may attend counseling or psychotherapy to ‘unlock’ previous emotional turmoil and then actually use their past  emotional trauma in order to grow and develop their emotional intelligence, thereby improving their overall emotional health.

 

 

2. Structural Health:

The health of the body is structurally sound ‑ the bones, muscles, organs etc. are physically in good condition and not damaged – performing the functions they should perform. Structural or physical health may be determined by considering someone’s height/weight

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