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The Stress Alarm

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Our biological stress response operates the same whether threats are real or perceived. Here’s how your system reacts.

Stress can be stimulated by stressors that are concrete (for example, not having enough money to pay bills) and abstract (persistent perfectionism). Our bodies react the same way to any trigger that sends us into survival mode. Hover over the numbers below to see the process step by step:

This originally appeared in “Reset Your Stress.” For healthier ways to handle stressful situations, see “3 Healthier Stress Responses.”

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Aviva Romm, MD, is an award-winning functional-medicine physician and herbalist with practices in West Stockbridge, Mass., and New York City. Her next book, The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution, will be out in January 2017.