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Stages of Stress and Psychoimmunology

Stages of Stress and Psychoimmunology

Author: Laura Riness

This lesson will examine how the body reacts to stress through the three stages of the general adaptation syndrome; stage of alarm, stage of resistance, and stage of exhaustion. This lesson will define stressors, explain burnout, explore psychoimmunology.

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Terms to Know
Alarm Stage

The stage where the body initially reacts to a stressor in the short-term and has an excitatory, fight or flight, reaction.


Physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion as a result of a person's job.

Exhaustion Stage

The stage when the body’s resources are depleted and it is worn out from constantly responding to the stress.

General Adaptation Syndrome

The pattern of stages that a body goes through when it is stressed for longer periods of time.


The study of how stress can affect immune system and make people more susceptible to illness.

Resistance Stage

The stage where over time, the excitatory reaction lowers and the body begins to adapt to the stress and to reach a normal-looking state.

Stress Reaction

How body reacts to stress.


Something or some event that causes stress and disrupts a person’s environment