Individuals are exposed to a variety of environmental stressors, traumatic or abusive experiences, and major life events. They generally form patterns of behavioral responses to stress that characterize their coping and health habits, both positive and negative. Collectively, these processes contribute to one’s susceptibility as well as resilience to stress.
Over the course of a lifetime of experiences, each of these factors is itself undergoing change, which means that these ongoing changes affect how much load and strain individuals carry as a result of their experiences, and how—for better or for worse—the individual continues to encounter life stressors, cope, and adapt.

Suffering from Back to School stress? Or stress from the loss of Summer Fridays? Stressed about the possibility that you might be stressed? Learn about the effects of stress on health, including your brain and all its subjective interpretations stressing you out, in the Encyclopedia of Social Work. 

Individuals are exposed to a variety of environmental stressors, traumatic or abusive experiences, and major life events. They generally form patterns of behavioral responses to stress that characterize their coping and health habits, both positive and negative. Collectively, these processes contribute to one’s susceptibility as well as resilience to stress.

Over the course of a lifetime of experiences, each of these factors is itself undergoing change, which means that these ongoing changes affect how much load and strain individuals carry as a result of their experiences, and how—for better or for worse—the individual continues to encounter life stressors, cope, and adapt.

Suffering from Back to School stress? Or stress from the loss of Summer Fridays? Stressed about the possibility that you might be stressed? Learn about the effects of stress on health, including your brain and all its subjective interpretations stressing you out, in the Encyclopedia of Social Work