In book stress and medical procedures chapter stress and information processing publisher oxford university press editors mjohnston lwallace pp58 79 cite this publication andrew p smith. Stress in a medical or biological context stress is a physical mental or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension stresses can be external from the environment psychological or social situations or internal illness or from a medical procedure stress can initiate the fight or flight response a complex reaction of neurologic and endocrinologic systems. The bodily changes that happen during moments of stress can be very helpful when they happen for a short time but when the response is drawn out for a long period of time producing too many stress hormones can affect your health the long term effect of chronic stress called allostatic load causes wear and tear on the body health problems . Tuesday night i gave a talk at the peninsula cancer center in poulsbo washington about using hypnosis and other stress reduction techniques to manage the stress and anxiety of medical procedures having a medical procedure that is by its very nature intrusive can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety. The oxford handbook of stress and mental health provides a comprehensive up to date overview of the science of stress and mental health topics covered include assessment issues the role of stress in various mental disorders developmental influences and individual difference factors that predict reactivity to stress and treatment of stress
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