Describe our body’s hormonal reaction to stress, both short- and long-term, and how this impacts our other body systems.
Across the country, people are experiencing increasing levels of stress, periods when they feel overwhelmed by overcrowded inboxes and jammed weekly schedules. Some clinicians say “We’re less healthy, both physically and mentally. We have less time for personal pleasures. And we’re more dissatisfied with the quality of our lives.” Any time we’re in a situation beyond our control, our bodies release hormones in response which allow us to engage our fight-or-flight response. Without them, we would not recognize or react to danger. But when a brain is constantly stressed, confronted with a daily onslaught of overwhelming situations, our bodies begin to pump out these hormones in excess, throwing off the body’s other systems and overpowering the immune system. Describe our body’s hormonal reaction to stress, both short- and long-term, and how this impacts our other body systems. Include the endocrine organs and hormones involved. Is stress ever a good thing? If so, why?