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Is post-traumatic stress disorder preventable?

Beta blockers (β1-Blockers) lower norepinephrine release (Berg, 2014), however it seems that the jury is still out on whether there is an effective and ethical way to prevent Post-Traumatic Stress ...
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How to measure stress quantitatively?

When your goals is to measure one option over the other As part of a Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) study I also needed to measure cognitive load in order to assess whether a particular user ...
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Is there a mental health disorder related to a harmful lack of anxiety and stress?

Sociopaths (people with Antisocial Personality Disorder) report lower levels of anxiety and stress than the general population. Psychopathic traits tend to foster resiliency and are protective against ...
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Is 'your mom will be sad' actually a good argument to pose to someone thinking of committing suicide?

As with many mental health concerns, the situation for each individual is unique and therefore what we do and how we deal with the concern is also unique. Nothing said in this answer is a hard and ...
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What is the medical term for semi-mindless activities to help reduce anxiety? ... such as gardening, mowing, cleaning... perhaps driving

I have not been able to find any term, medical or non-medical, which includes the word asynchronous, but to add to the answer by @user20460 there is the non-medical term hobbies. Taking part in ...
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Provable ROI for call center rest periods?

This is the paper you would want to read on this topic. The paper empirically compares four modes of managing interruptions. It is a great (and long) read so I'll try to summarize the bit for you: ...
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Standardised test to measure workplace stress

Although it is not exactly stress, there are many self-rating scales for workload. The most popular one is the NASA-Task Load Index (NASA-TLX; Hart & Staveland, 1988; see also here). The NASA-TLX ...
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Can stress situations force people to smile?

In research (Ansfield, 2007) Smiling when distressed was most prevalent in conditions in which participants reported the greatest emotional distress. Specifically, while viewing distressing videos, ...
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How are IQ test scores affected by psychological stress or trauma?

Short answer: The effect of stress and trauma on IQ varies significantly according to type and severity, but is overall fairly low relative to normal variation in scores. IQ test development is ...
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Emotional Calculator; How can I mathematically show a decrease in anxiety using an emotional equation?

Attempting to reduce emotional responses to mathematics is likely in the realm of chaos theory. Here is a great Robert Sapolsky Stanford lecture on Chaos versus Reductionism. https://youtu.be/...
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How to measure your stress levels?

The term eustress was coined by endocrinologist Hans Selye, consisting of the Greek prefix eu- meaning "good", and stress, literally meaning "good stress". There is also the Yerkes–Dodson law which ...
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Is there any research about effect of unfamiliar environment on stress?

I have found the following Older people's cardiac responses as indicators of stress in familiar and unfamiliar environments (Lewis & Phillips, 2012) I also found: Padilla, A. M., Alvarez, M., &...
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How to counteract the deterioration of speech in stutterers by targeting sympathetic arousal?

The first line treatment for stuttering (I'm a stutterer myself) is speech therapy. Such therapies generally focus on helping stutterers to learn ways to minimize stuttering when they speak, such as ...
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Can calmness happen during the fight-flight response?

With looking at the possibility of calmness during stress and trauma, you only have to look at the situation with rape victims and soldiers witnessing severe traumatic events who dissociate (Ellert, ...
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What is the medical term for semi-mindless activities to help reduce anxiety? ... such as gardening, mowing, cleaning... perhaps driving

I have read it mentioned as grounding- techniques or activities. Activities that pull you into the present, and, if possible, fulfill you by giving you the impression towards achieving a goal.
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What is the difference between chronic stress and anxiety?

Chronic stress, as defined in the field of psychology, refers to a state of ongoing physiological arousal that occurs in response to prolonged exposure to stressful situations or stressors. These ...
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What is the medical term for semi-mindless activities to help reduce anxiety? ... such as gardening, mowing, cleaning... perhaps driving

What you are describing sounds a lot like aspects of Occupational Therapy (sometimes called Ergotherapy). Occupational therapy can include prescribed activity such as knitting (to meaningfully occupy ...
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Getting useful readings out of GSR sensors while moving?

I think the general downside of the galvanic skin response (GSR) apply here. Wikipedia sums up a few confounding factors that affect the validity of GSR: Temperature and humidity (affect the ...
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How does emotional stress cause skeletal muscle rigidity?

Short answer The stress response included norepinephrine release, in turn increasing blood pressure. This may cause muscle tension. Background What an interesting question. To my surprise, I couldn'...
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Is there any research about effect of unfamiliar environment on stress?

You may be interested in related research on how unfamiliar environments negatively affect sleep quality. Tamaki, M., Bang, J. W., Watanabe, T., & Sasaki, Y. (2016). Night watch in one brain ...
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What causes muscle stiffness contraction and tension during stress

Presumably you to mean to ask what pathway mediates muscle tension. muscle tension is controlled by the reticular formation (in the brain stem), so it doesn't require anything special to happen in the ...
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Emotional Calculator; How can I mathematically show a decrease in anxiety using an emotional equation?

Chip Conley's ideas as to emotional equations represent an interesting concept; however, the equations do not appear to be founded in science at this stage. To represent the equations mathematically ...
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Is exercise considered a 'fight-flight' situation by our brain?

Interestingly, intense exercise elevates levels of cortisol, which is the primary stress hormone. However, since this intense exercise usually only lasts for a short time (except maybe for ultra-...
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Why does journaling seem to reduce stress?

Short answer: Like much of psychotherapy in general, we mostly know that it works, but not so much about why it works. Journaling or journal therapy is a type of writing therapy, itself a form of ...
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Why does journaling seem to reduce stress?

Spoken language is the primary medium of counselling and psychotherapy. The therapeutic value of written language has also been studied extensively, both to provide self-help information and to elicit ...
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What are the ways to measure stress levels regularly at home?

TL;DR: measure your 'Heart Rate Variability' with a smartphone app or wearable device The longer answer is more complicated. This meta analysis suggests: At present, there is no accepted standard ...
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Does being sporty affect a person's reaction to emergency situations?

Check this out. Chapter 15 is what you are looking for. It is a study made in collaboration with the international federation of sport and medicine and talks about sport and fight or flight response (...
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Research correlating stress/boredom with eating/comfort-seeking?

Droid here are a couple of relevant studies: Experiments with rodents done by Kent Berridge found that: Stressed rats will expend more energy on obtaining pleasurable relief (in the form of food) ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that receiving angry emails increases stress levels?

The reaction to an angry email is just the same as reacting to any angry comment (verbal or written). It is usually seen as a provocation and triggers the urge to retaliate or invoke self-defense. The ...
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