I read this chapter and it is all about stress, the ways of coping with stress, and the effects that stress has on the body(in case you couldn't tell from the title). I felt this chapter was especially important for college kids because we deal with so much stress with our classes that we need to know how to deal with it at times. I was very intrigued by this chapter, especially since when I was home for break me and my family went to a play called "Next to Normal" which is about a woman who suffers from an acute form of bipolar disease as the result of a traumatic experience in her life (I don't want to give anything away if anyone wants to see it). This chapter really made me think about what I had seen in the play and the effects that stress can have on a person who was perfectly healthy before their experience. This play also features a psychiatrist and I personally like the phrase he continues to tell the worried husband, and that is that psychiatry ,"isn't an exact science." I feel it is good to remember this because I'm sure many of us will feel we know everything about the human condition after this class but we need to understand that there are multiple exceptions to the rules and that we are really only receiving a basic understanding of those rules in this class.
Chapter 12: Stress, Coping, and Health
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