Ch 13: Stress Disorders

About This Chapter

Watch online video lessons to learn about humans' emotional, behavioral, and physiological responses to stress. Test your knowledge of stress disorders with the self-assessment quizzes that follow each lesson.

Stress Disorders - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

People have different ways of handling stress. Some take it in stride, while others develop ulcers or migraines. This chapter looks at what stress disorders are, how they manifest in human behavior, and how people respond to stress in their lives. By learning about the types of stress disorders and their characteristics, you will gain a deeper understanding of the mind and its reactions to experiential stimuli. This chapter can help you understand the following:

  • Stress disorders
  • How emotions can impact stress levels
  • Human response to stressful situations
  • The body's response to psychological experiences

Video Objective
Stress Disorders: Definition and Perspectives Learn what stress disorders are and what the current and historical views are on them.
Introduction to Emotions Understand the physical and emotional aspects of emotions.
Categorizing Emotions Take a deeper look into emotions and how they affect behavior.
Theories of Emotion Compare and contrast existing theories of emotion.
Fight or Flight Response Look at the instinctual responses to stress.
Acute Stress Disorder: Definition, Causes and Treatment Learn about the definition, causes, and treatment for acute stress disorder.
Psychophysiological Disorders: Definition, Types, Causes and Treatment Learn what psychophysiological disorders are, what causes them, and how they are treated.
Positive Psychology Understand the concept of positive psychology and how it applies to stress disorders.

8 Lessons in Chapter 13: Stress Disorders
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Stress Disorders: Definition and Perspectives

1. Stress Disorders: Definition and Perspectives

Everyone has to deal with stress, but some people do not manage their stress in a healthy way. In this lesson, we will look more closely at psychological disorders related to stress, including ways that people react to and manage stress.

Emotions in Psychology: Definition, Biological Components & Survival

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

When railroad worker Phineas Gage's brain was injured in 1848, his emotions completely changed. Find out what parts of the brain affect your emotional intelligence and what made Phineas go from happy-go-lucky guy to crabby curmudgeon.

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

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

Have you ever wondered why you can react to danger before you even really realize it's there? Or why you can recognize an expression of happiness on someone's face, no matter where the person is from? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this lesson about the different types of emotions and how the brain processes them.

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

Have you ever wondered how your emotions are related to your physical reactions? Does your heart beat fast because you're excited, or are you excited because your heart is beating fast? Psychologists have taken a turn at figuring out how our physiological reactions are connected to emotions. Take a look at this lesson for more on the most important theories of emotion.

Fight or Flight Response: Definition, Physiology & Examples

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

A squirrel caught in headlights or the cock that fights to the death? Do you know what makes us choose between freezing, running or fighting back? And what's happening inside of you all the while? This lesson answers all of your fight-or-flight questions.

Acute Stress Disorder: Definition, Causes and Treatment

6. Acute Stress Disorder: Definition, Causes and Treatment

When people experience a traumatic event, it can lead to all sorts of psychological problems. In this lesson, we'll look at one reaction to trauma: acute stress disorder. We'll examine the diagnostic criteria, risk factors, and treatments, and then test our knowledge with a quiz.

Psychophysiological Disorders: Definition, Types, Causes and Treatment

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

Psychological issues can affect a person's physical body. In this lesson, we'll look closer at psychophysiological disorders, including the different types, diseases affected by mental illness, and treatment.

Positive Psychology: Optimism, Self-Efficacy & Happiness

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

There are folks who see the glass half-full and those who see it half-empty. But it's the same glass, so why does it matter what kind you are? Find out just how big of an impact your answer to this common question can have on how you live your life.

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