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Describe the difference between acute and chronic stressors

Endocrine System

For this case assignment, using provided resources, you will prepare 3-page paper in which you:

  1. Describe the difference between acute and chronic stressors
  2. Describe the stress response and the effects of cortisol release on the human body. (With which division of the nervous system is the stress response associated?)
  3. Discuss and label the components of HPA axis and its feedback mechanisms.

Discuss the pathologies associated with dysregulation of cortisol, using the linked resources The Relationship between Traumatic Stress, PTSD and Cortisol.

Understanding the Stress Response

Do some extra research on the regions of the brain that are affected by perpetuation of the stress response in.

Long Term Stress and the Brain.  Describe your findings. 

How does this relate to the Connectopathies that you read about in Connectomics: Tracing the Wires of the Brain?

Human Anatomy and Physiology: Cortisol: Physiology, Regulation and Health Implications: Physiology, Regulation and Health Implications. Hauppauge, US: Nova, 2012.


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