Stress and Coping

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Social stigma, social anxiety, peer pressure, or even academic work are pieces of a much bigger picture that cause an overwhelming feeling that sets into the human mind that can affect the mental and physical health of a person. Stress is a silent but lethal problem that the general population of this world faces on a daily basis. Stress is “a person’s response to events that are threatening or challenging” (Feldman, 2013, p. 518) and the circumstances and events that produce this stress are known as stressors which are a potential threat to our well being (Feldman, 2013, p. 518). We all have faced stress in our lives, whether it was a positive or negative event we have personally encountered the feeling of being stressed. There are many stressors that cause us to perceive events as threatening, that effect and change our lives in many ways, but there are also many ways to cope with stress and accept that stress is normal. There are a range of events that produce significant stress, and all these different events can be categorized into “three general types: cataclysmic events, personal stressors, and background stressors” (Feldman, 2013, p.519). Cataclysmic events are defined as stressors that occur very suddenly and usually they affect more than one person at the same time. Cataclysmic events involve natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and even events such as terrorist attacks. This type of stressor usually produces less stress in the long run compared to other stressors that have more devastating effects. Personal stressors “include major life events, such as the death of a family member, that have immediate negative consequences that generally fade with time” (Feldman, 2013, p.520). Personal stressors produce immediate reaction that over time fades away. Background stressors are “everyday annoyances, such as being stuck in traffic, that can cause…...

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