Ch 7: Stress Disorders and Personal Health

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons and learn how stress disorders can affect your personal health and sense of well-being. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

Stress Disorders and Personal Health - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The video lessons in this chapter have been designed to provide you with a step-by-step introduction to stress disorders, which can occur after you've experienced a significant life change or traumatic event. After providing you with a working definition of a stress disorder, your instructor will discuss the theories that are used to explain how we respond to stressful changes, as well as how those responses are categorized according to their level of intensity. You'll also learn about physical disorders that have a psychological component and explore the cutting-edge field of positive psychology. After you've finished watching the videos and testing your own knowledge of this important subject, you should be able to define and explain the following key terms:

  • Acute stress disorder
  • Emotions
  • The flight or fight response
  • Psychophysiological disorders

VideoObjective
Stress Disorders: Definition and PerspectivesDefine stress disorders within the context of mental health.
Introduction to EmotionsDemonstrate a basic understanding of emotions.
Categorizing EmotionsExplain how emotions are identified and classified.
Theories of EmotionSummarize the different theories used to explain emotions.
Fight or Flight ResponseDefine and discuss the flight or fight response.
Acute Stress Disorder: Definition, Causes and TreatmentDefine acute stress disorder, and elaborate on its causes and treatments.
Psychophysiological Disorders: Definition, Types, Causes and TreatmentSummarize the different types of psychophysiological disorders, including their causes and treatments.
Positive PsychologyDiscuss the theories and therapeutic approaches associated with positive psychology.

8 Lessons in Chapter 7: Stress Disorders and Personal Health
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Stress Disorders: Definition and Perspectives

1. Stress Disorders: Definition and Perspectives

Stress disorders are psychological issues related to how a person reacts to stress in their life. Explore the definition and perspectives of stress disorders and learn about stress, approaches to stress, and managing stress.

Emotions in Psychology: Definition, Biological Components & Survival

2. Emotions in Psychology: Definition, Biological Components & Survival

Emotions are part of human affection and are controlled and regulated by specific areas of the brain. Learn the definition of emotions in psychology, study the biological components, and discover the role of emotions in survival and non-verbal communication.

Categories of Emotion: 6 Basic Emotions, Oppositional Pairs & Biology

3. Categories of Emotion: 6 Basic Emotions, Oppositional Pairs & Biology

Psychologists who study emotions have different ways of categorizing them. Explore Ekman's theory of the six basic emotions, Plutchik's theory of oppositional pairs, and how to think about emotions in terms of processing speed.

Theories of Emotion: James-Lange, Cannon-Bard, Two-Factor & Facial Feedback Hypothesis

4. Theories of Emotion: James-Lange, Cannon-Bard, Two-Factor & Facial Feedback Hypothesis

The James-Lange theory asserts that emotions are reactions to physiological arousal rather than the other way around. Explore the theories that challenged the James-Lange theory, such as Cannon-Bard and the two-factor theories of emotion, and discover the relevance of the facial feedback hypothesis.

Fight or Flight Response: Definition, Physiology & Examples

5. Fight or Flight Response: Definition, Physiology & Examples

The body's physiological reaction to danger, known as the fight or flight response, is mediated by the sympathetic nervous system. Learn how to define the fight or flight response, explore its physiology, and review examples of how it works.

Acute Stress Disorder: Definition, Causes and Treatment

6. Acute Stress Disorder: Definition, Causes and Treatment

When a person experiences intense stress and disassociation after a traumatic event, they may suffer from acute stress disorder. Learn the definition of acute stress disorder, then explore the diagnosis, causes, and treatments.

Psychophysiological Disorders: Definition, Types, Causes and Treatment

7. Psychophysiological Disorders: Definition, Types, Causes and Treatment

Psychophysiological disorders involve an interaction between psychological and physical conditions. Learn the definition, causes and types of psychophysiological disorders, examine how stress affects physical diseases, and explore the treatment options.

Positive Psychology: Optimism, Self-Efficacy & Happiness

8. Positive Psychology: Optimism, Self-Efficacy & Happiness

Positive psychology involves certain concepts related to positive feelings that help people cope with situations in their life. Learn about optimism and its relationship with happiness and self-efficacy.

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