As I have been diving deeper into my major, many topics have come up in my classes that have sparked my interest. Most of these topics are closely related to psychological and sociological with some having to revolve around physiological response. The main concept in this week’s reading assignment that I would like to discuss would be the stress induced sickness phenomenon.
As a child I used to get sick once a year and during winter break. I used to always be frustrated about this because I would rather miss a day of class than a day of watching television and playing in the snow. I still get my once a year sickness during winter break but now I am relieved that I’m not missing class. When I was in high school and the stressors really became inflamed, I began to understand the reasoning behind this coincidental timing of my illness.
Another topic that interested me was that an increased exposure to stress over time will allow for the illness to become less traumatic. The example in the book was of the child Danny who got sick a few weeks after he was scolded after his father. Danny really has no stress in his life so whenever he gets a good dosage of cortisol his body has no way of coping with the stimulation and he easily falls ill.
This winter break is the first time where I have not gotten sick. I will say that last semester was the most stressed out I have ever been with finals. I was anticipating a throbbing head and a sky high fever by Christmas. To my surprise I didn’t even receive a headache or sinus congestion.
Has anyone else noticed a trend of an increased resistance to physiological effects from stressors?