Not all stress is bad for you. Some forms of stress serve to sharpen your focus and push you to act in the moment _ like the stress you feel when you_re under a deadline at work, or when your child is crying. But there are two types of stress that can, essentially, damage your brain: acute stress and chronic stress.
world war 1 - Specific Symptoms of Acute Stress Disorder: A subjective sense of numbing, detachment, or absence of emotional responsiveness A reduction in awareness of his or her surroundings (e.g., “being in a daze”) Derealization Depersonalization Dissociative amnesia (i.e., inability to recall an important aspect of the trauma)
Dissociation is natural-- we all do it. It ranges from day-dreaming and being, "in the zone" to acute stress/crisis response, to Dissociative Identity Disorder. Obviously a little is OK, but more and more can be problematic for living a healthy life; give yourself permission to dissociate sometimes, but try to lessen it-- BE PRESENT!
High levels of cortisol put a strain on your body's health. It is normal for cortisol levels to rise during times of acute stress, but it is abnormal for these levels to remain high. Prolonged elevated levels of this steroid hormone affect immune function, metabolic pathways for use of energy and chronic disease risk. Blood glucose is...