Effects of Stress

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Stress is in all areas of life, and is focused in three areas; time, environment, and liability. It can be used as either a noun or a verb, and the effect on the body are both positive, and negative. When discussing stress in an emergency services role, it has the potential to interfere with the ability to function in a prescribed professional role. Acute stress activates a part of the brain called the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrena, or (HPA) system. Breathing will become rapid, and the spleen will discharge red and white blood cells, to support the increased oxygen flow throughout the body, thus readying the body for the event. These effects occur in a critical incident event, and can cause the emotional power sufficient to overwhelm a person's or group's ability to cope with a situation. Stressful events included, suicide (internally/externally), line of duty death, serious line of duty injury, disaster/multiple casualty incident, killing or wounding of someone, significant events involving children, dealing with relatives of known victims, prolonged incidents especially with los...

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