Three Types Of Stress

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Firstly, let me define what is stress and the types of stress. Stress is “a disruption in one’s psychobiological balance and sense of harmony within oneself and/or with the social and physical environments.” (Edlin and Golanty, 2010, P46) Stress could also be defined as a state of mental or emotional strain resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.

There are three types of stress which is Distress, Eustress and Neustress. Distress is a negative form of stress which occurs in reaction to something we perceive as bad. For example, distress negative emotions are extreme worry, sorrow or pain which would occurs in situations such as death, unemployment and conflict in interpersonal relationships. Eustress is a positive form of stress
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There are two types of white blood cells which are lymphocytes and phagocytes. When a person is under a condition of negative stress, his/her immune system’s ability to fight off antigens would reduce which results him/her more susceptible to infections. For example, my appetite tends to decrease before the exam period due to my stress on understanding every topic. With the decreasing of my appetite, it leads to poor nutrition and lack of nutritional energy which is used to support immune functioning and the function of the entire body. Therefore, stress weakens my immune system. This is because stress can cause an increase in corticosteroid which is a type of stress hormone that can supress the effectiveness of the immune system such as lowers the number of lymphocytes. Negative stress can also have an indirect effect on the immune system if a person uses unhealthy behavioural coping strategies such as consumption of excess alcohol, smoking and poor diet to reduce their…show more content…
High level of debt is due to phone bills, provide money for family as well as family expenses. Therefore, I would need to work after school, weekends and holiday period to cover my daily expenses as well as family expenses. This causes me to have insufficient sleep which leads my cells in my blood that fight infections are not working to keep infections at bay thus leading me often getting sick easily. In addition, heavy workload and debt also caused me to have lots of negative emotions appear such as depression, frustration and anxiety. When I am having these negative emotions, I would be unable to have relax myself therefore my stress increases causing my immune system to weaken.

Before elaborating on how the immune system responds to stress, I would firstly define what is immune system and how is it build up. Immune system is our body’s defense against infectious organisms and other invaders. Through a series of steps which is called the immune response, the immune system attacks organisms and substances that invade body systems and cause disease. It is made up of a net of cells, tissues and organs. These work together to protect our

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