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Stress and Mood

1. What evidence exists to establish a relationship between stress and negative mood?

2. Explain how psychological theory can be applied to pain management. How effective are psychological techniques in dealing with pain and chronic illnesses?

3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of physiological measures, behavioral assessments, and self-report measures of pain?

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1. What evidence exists to establish a relationship between stress and negative mood?

Stress and imbalance are created by the action potentials of neurons when a panic or anxiety attack is triggered by the rapid change in the neurons when the sodium-potassium pump is imbalanced. This is indicative of a fast oxidizing metabolism that contributes to a constant state of anxiety. The presence of excess lactic acid, a by-product of fast oxidizination has been documented in medial research to be associated with high anxiety. This can also be addressed with proper supplementation that balances the ...

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Stress and imbalance are created by the action potentials of neurons when a panic or anxiety attack is triggered by the rapid change in the neurons when the sodium-potassium pump is imbalanced. This is indicative of a fast oxidizing metabolism that contributes to a constant state of anxiety. The presence of excess lactic acid, a by-product of fast oxidizination has been documented in medial research to be associated with high anxiety. This can also be addressed with proper supplementation that balances the sodium-potassium chemical imbalance in the body. It is related to physical and emotional stress, mineral deficiencies, toxicity and improper diet. Dr. Herbert Benson, co founder of the Harvard Mind/Body Clinic suggests increased lactate produces anxiety attacks and lowering the activity in the parasympathetic nervous system also lowers the lactate level. (Benson, 1975). Negative mood can trigger fears and anxiety, and begin this chain of events. Lowering the lactate levels produced by panic can result in a balanced state of emotion. There is good stress or eustress and bed stress or distress, identifying the type of stress and processing from the source is suggested.

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