The cause of stress in everyday life

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We encounter stressors in our life almost every day. Some days it's that project that is due in two days and others it is the twig that snaps behind us when we are walking outside in the dark. Our bodies have a developed a systematic reaction to when we encounter a stressful situation however it was meant to only be used once in a while. Back when humans were all hunter and gatherers, the main stressor would only be when in a fight or when hunting. The body reacts with a heightened blood pressure, paused digestion and a quickened heart rate among other things. The body would have time to recover itself from the momentary panic and would have time to flush out Corticotrophin Releasing Factor, a hormone which is released in the case of panic. The flight/fight response is only supposed to be used occasionally however modern life is filled with a sustainably higher amount of stressors then when humans first inhabited the earth. This causes it to be overactive and cause more stress related health problems. Just to name a few stress can increase emotional, psychological, and even physical problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, chest pains, or irregular heartbeats. So the question becomes, have humans evolved at all to compensate for the overuse of the autonomic system. With 75% of adults reported experiencing moderate to high levels of stress in the past month, as of a study done in 2009, it doesn't appear so. Here is a video also illuminating the issue in a stressful work situation:
http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/CTVNewsAt11/20061211/health_nurse_061211/

http://stresscourse.tripod.com/id11.html
http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/stress-heart-attack-risk
http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/stress-heart-attack-risk

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