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The Biology of Stress

Biology of Stress – Another state of mind – another physical state

Stress has always existed. It is a natural phenomenon that humans and animals have in common. We know for sure that all mammals (hereby also humans) stress. It is the same hormones which are activated for all mammals, and it is driven by the same area of the brain, namely the primitive part of the brain, deep inside the organ.

Humans have this part of the brain in common with all other mammals, but we have an exterior part of the brain, a couple of “layers”, so to speak, which is very developed. Not all mammals have as much brain-material around their primitive brain.

This developed part of our brain is a good thing; this is what gives us a very developed social life. But it is not always good when we speak about stress, because this part of the brain may produce stress, just by the power of thoughts.

Stress has an influence on all our body

When we are stressed, we release a stress hormone, which means that we get into another state. Generally, we get in this situation if we feel we are in danger, and we are getting ready to fight or flee: Adrenalin gets pumped up in our body; our heart beats quicker; our muscles get ready for action (fight or flight) and get tense. Then, another hormone is released: Cortisol. That hormone gives us some extra power by using a significant amount of energy from our body.

All of our senses are sharpened, and this is why, when we are under stress, we are more efficient. We are more attentive to what is happening and, therefore; we can easier do more than one thing at a time, we are more efficient, we can remember better.

So stress isn’t a bad thing, so to speak. It has its justification and a good reason to be here.

StressNow, as you can see the state in which our mind and body go to be an acute state. That means that it is a state of being used for an extreme situation. (Generally dangerous ones.) All these hormones and that heightened state we are in are not meant to be a constant state. It is supposed to be used in acute situations.

Dangerous stress situations arises

Stress hormones get pumped up – Your “machine” is getting boosted – You can take care of the situation (or flee from it) – Hormones stop pumping up, and you need rest, so the whole machine is getting back to its usual state. It takes a few minutes before the level of stress hormones is going down, and it will take hours before your body is back in “normal-mode”.

It is no surprise that if you are constantly in “high awareness mode” with Adrenaline and Cortisol almost constantly pumping in your system, this will not do you good.

It is a state supposed to be used on rare occasions, not a state you are supposed to be in for a long period of time. Your body wasn’t built for that.

Biology of Stress

Dealing with Bipolar Disorder, Depression and Anxiety

To deal with bipolar disorder(manic depressive) loneliness, (sadness) depression and anxiety (panic attacks) is not an easy thing to do.

Concept of Bipolar DisorderSometimes people may feel that everything is lost, and they have no recourse to change the way they are feeling. Take a deep breath and walk out the front door can open up many opportunities for one, and can provide better feelings in no time.

One out of three people has experienced a sense of loneliness and depression, and some of them cannot even say what is making them feel this way. These feelings can stop people in their tracks, making them unable to function in their daily lives.

Here are some ways to chase the loneliness and depression away, and then, perhaps enjoy each and every day as they come.

The main thing a person should try to figure out is what things are making them feel the way they do in the first place. Feeling lonely can be as straightforward as not having anyone around them to interact with on a regular basis. Sometimes one can be around people and still feel lonely, and in order not to feel this way, try to find out why.

Being depressed can happen to anybody, and the reasons for it varied from person to person. Being lonely can lead to becoming depressed, but they do not always go hand in hand. Feeling tense and despondent happens when we cannot deal with things in life at the moment, and we feel that there is no hope to getting past that.

Once a person has identified some of the reasons why he or she are feeling the way they do, they can begin to seek out ways to make they feel better. Certainly, one of the ways folks can utilize is taking medication to help get rid of the sad feelings they have. This is not for everyone. Consult with a doctor to determine if it is right, before taking any medication.

Using herbal solutions can be an acceptable substitute to using traditional medication. Going to a health store can provide many excellent options for taking a natural approach to your depressed state of mind. The people who work there can be extremely helpful in finding the legal remedies that will work best.

Another great way to get rid of the blues is to make an appointment with some mental health specialist in your area. Sometimes talking things out with someone totally distanced from one’s life, can give the opportunity to work out some of what is bothering a person. These professionals provide a safe environment for all and do not represent a condescending or judgmental point of view.

If folks do not want to take any medications to help them, there are some basic things they can do that may work in conjunction with taking to a professional. Putting oneself amongst friends is an excellent way to shake off the lonely feelings. It will also help with depressed thoughts. Going outdoors and experiencing different environments is also helpful.

Read also: Bipolar Disorder Myths (Demystifying of myths) (Article by Bruce Anderson)