The Nature of Stress – Stress (PSY)

by Tarry Ahuja, MD

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    Okay, so let's move on and in this module we are going to take a look at stress. More specifically we are going to look at the nature of stress. So right now, you are sitting at your desk, and I'm pretty sure you are little bit stressed out. You are preparing for the MCAT exam. You are thinking about, where am I going to apply. Am I going to pass? This is fairly stressful. So let's walk through what that looks like. Now stress is made up of a couple of things. Psychological and physiological components at the same time. That's pretty straight forward. I think that makes logical sense. When you're stressed out it has an impact on your mind. And it has an impact on your body. So that's grouped as physiological body and psychological mind. Now I think you've heard this before as well, people say well little bit of stress is actually good for sure. And that's true to some extent. So acute stress which means short periods of stress can be actually positive and they've been shown to actually increase your performance out of specific tasks. So say for example, you're going into write your MCAT exam. You have prepared. You have read all the books. You've watched this lecture. And you are uberly ready to write this exam. So you really should not be that stressed out. But when you go to the testing facility and you're sitting at your desk, and you have your type 11 pencil in your hand and you're looking down, you know, you are going to be a little bit stressed. It might come off as excitement, arousal, whatever, it is a form of stress. It's short lived. Usually for the period of the exam or at least...

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