Friday, February 11, 2011

Three Types of Stress

There are three classes of stress: Acute, Episodic and Chronic.

1. Acute Stress - is a stressor that is affecting you right now and is short term; examples - someone cuts you off in traffic, or the recovery from childbirth.
2. Episodic Stress - often described as a week, month or year of personal disaster; example - a health problem (you or a loved one) that feels like riding a roller coaster of stress, or a series of stresses like: the washer broke, the car's in the shop, Grandma's flight was canceled, and someone in the family passed away. One stressful episode after another.
3. Chronic Stress - this is a type of stress that can go on for years; example - someone with chronic pain, someone in a bad relationship, someone living in poverty, a dysfunctional family, etc.

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