Stress acute and chronic
Timeline of stress is very important. Stressors can also be defined as short-term (acute) or long-term (chronic). Stress can come and end very suddenly (stress acute) but sometimes stress can be on-going and long (stress chronic). Some professionals classify stress based on timeline – acute stress (short-term stress) and chronic stress (long-term stress).
Stress acute is the most common and most intense type of stress – it is happening pretty quickly (short-lived stress). Stress acute is the reaction to an immediate threat – known as the “fight or flight” response. Acute stress is experienced in response to physical or psychological threats – threats could be real or imagined.
Acute stress can be beneficial and create motivation. Stress acute could be a normal part of life or the way of life for many women who have exiting life “full of adrenalin” – life full of stress, crisis, chaos, risks and excitements.
Common causes of Stress acute include rape, robbery, combat or natural disaster, noise, crowding, isolation, hunger, danger, infection, and imaginary threats (fantasized dangerous or risky situations).
Stress acute is the type of stress women could feel when they pass exams, have car accident, when they have problems at work or when their children create problems in the family or in the school. Once the situation is resolved – the stress diminishes.
Stress acute trigger acute body responses which actually become a habit that is difficult to break. During acute stress women could have worry habits and could believe that life is scary and the world is pretty dangerous place to live.
Women in acute stress engage in blaming and become irritable with friends, relatives, colleagues, even in ordinary social situations.
Main symptoms of Stress acute include headache, dizziness, excessive sweating, fast breathing, heart palpitation, stomach aches or indigestion, chest pain.
Chronic stress is the type of stress that arises out of long-term pressure (constant conflicting relationships, traumatic events that happened during childhood, taking care of illnesses or disabilities, trapped in poverty, experiencing family physical, psychological or sexual abuse, etc.).
Chronic stress is a result of situations which were not been resolved or continued for many years prior to being resolved. Long-lasting negative events (beyond our control) are the main cause of chronic stress.
Women suffering from chronic stress sometimes get used to it and could even not realize that they are under chronic stress. It is well known that under the circumstances of chronic stress or extreme, severe stress women suffer the most and face most negative stress symptoms/effects.
Chronic stress often triggers feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, and misery – women often cannot find the way out and sometimes could have suicidal thoughts. Chronic stress could have negative influence at women health – could be a cause of high blood pressure, obesity, anorexia, cancer, diabetes, ulcer, allergy, heart diseases, depression and sexual dysfunctions. Chronic stress is the most serious type of stress that can lead to harmful health problems or even death.
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