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What is... psychology series

What is… Psychological Stress

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is psychological stress. It seems that there's a day/week/month for just about anything these days, and the International Stress Management Association has declared this week to be International Stress Awareness Week.  I've written before about how stress affects… Continue reading What is… Psychological Stress

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Mental health, What is... psychology series

What is… Burnout

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is burnout. Definition Burnout was first described in the 1970s by psychologist Herbert Freudenberger.  It's now included in the World Health Organization's (WHO) International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as an occupational phenomenon that can influence health, although it's not… Continue reading What is… Burnout

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Mental health

How Stress Affects the Mind and Body

People often talk about stress and feeling stressed out.  The combination of multiple work, family, and other commitments can start to feel like they're crushing us. So what exactly is stress?  It occurs when strain is placed on the body in a way that disrupts its normal balance and functioning.  The source can be internal… Continue reading How Stress Affects the Mind and Body