Different Types of Stressors – Stress (PSY)

by Tarry Ahuja, MD

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    Now, we're going to look at 3 main types of stressors. The first one is catastrophes. The second one would be a significant life changes. And the third one would be a daily hassle. So we're going to walk through each and we'll explain how they are different. So catastrophe would be at the far end of the scale. So this would be something that is as bad as it can get. So an example would be, this is something that is very unpredictable, large scale events like natural disasters, terrorist attacks. Easily identified as being extremely stressful. I mean you look at today's environment we have things like, the Paris bombings. We have war in Syria. We have 9/11 which happened. These are catastrophes. Okay, these are things that lot of people are affective. And you can have little or no control over this situation. That's kind of an important point is that as there is less and less control, there's more increasing levels of stress. Now another example of another type of stress would be significant life changes. Now this is something that happens to all of us over a lifetime and could include things such as moving. You wrote the MCAT exam. You got off a medical school. You got a pack up shop. Pack up all your stuff. Say bye to your mom, move out of the basement and go away to school. That can be stressful. While you're at school, you find your sweetheart, you get married. Very stressful. She finds out that she hates you, divorce. Very stressful. Your mum finds out you got a divorce and she passes away. Stressful. Okay, so here all examples of things that happen, part of normal life and they can affect you. Now we also know that...

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