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What Is the Connection Between Stress and the Nervous System?

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The connection between stress and the nervous system lies in the fact that there are medically verifiable physiologic effects that are triggered by a distressed state of mind. These effects are seen in the first and third of the three stages of the connection between stress and the nervous system. During the first stage, also known as the alarm reaction, the sympathetic nervous system heightens its activity. This is called the "fight or flight" syndrome and is characterized by various activity in the physical body as it reacts to what is taking place in the mind. A person's pupils and breathing passages dilate or enlarge, the heartbeat accelerates, blood pressure increases, digestion slows and the skeletal muscles receive a greater flow of blood.

When the second stage begins to take over, the connection between stress and the nervous system might not be quite so obvious. It does, however, remain because the momentary physiologic effects can produce serious consequences depending on an individual's physical state of health before he or she was stressed. For example, someone with heart problems runs the risk of suffering a heart attack even after the stressful situation has passed and after the heart rate has returned to normal in the second stage. The fact that such an attack might not occur during the fight or flight syndrome does not mean that the connection between stress and the nervous system was absent. Such a connection might be viewed as a built-in protection because many stressful situations, especially if they occur suddenly and unexpectantly, require that a swift decision to fight or flee be made.

It should not be surprising that there is a close connection between stress and the nervous system, because this system of the body not only controls voluntary and involuntary functions of the body, it also governs the thought process. The brain is a part of the central nervous system and is sometimes referred to as the master controller of the mind and of the body. There also are subdivisions of the nervous system, one of which is the sympathetic, which is the division responsible for the physiologic effects that take place during the first stage of stress. Vital functions in the body that would not generally be linked to thought-process or state of mind also are controlled by the nervous system. They include: rate and quality of heartbeat, respiration, bladder and bowel control and even the diameter of the blood vessels.

Keeping these facts in mind, the relationship between stress and the nervous system explains why the mind affects the body. This does not indicate that the mind is capable of controlling heartbeat, blood pressure, breathing or other vital signs of life. It does, however, strongly remind that external occurences affect the mind and have the ability to cause some degree of stress, which in turn affects the body.


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