Stress Quiz: Test Your Emotional IQ

Reviewed by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP on October 26, 2017
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Stress is usually thought of as a negative experience, but it can be a positive one.

Stress in small doses can be beneficial for us in terms of increased energy and mental alertness. This type of stress is considered good. For example, feeling mildly stressed when carrying out a project or assignment often compels us to do a good job, focus better, and work energetically.

True False

It is possible to eliminate stress.

Eliminating stress from life is not only impossible, it is unrealistic. For people prone to the negative effects of stress, stress management is important for physical and mental well-being.

True False

___________________ is constant and persists over time.

According to the American Psychological Association, chronic stress is constant and persists over an extended period of time. Chronic stress can become difficult for the body to manage and can be psychologically and physically debilitating.

Distress Duress Chronic stress None of the above

The hormone known as cortisol helps the body manage stress.

Adrenal glands manufacture the hormone cortisol as well as adrenaline, both of which help the body manage responses to stress and convert sugar and fat to energy. Excess cortisol is secreted during times of physical or psychological stress, and the normal pattern of cortisol secretion (with levels highest in the early morning and lowest at night) can be altered.

True False

Physical symptoms of stress may include...

Common physical signs and symptoms of excess stress can include sleeping problems, gastrointestinal disturbances, muscle tension, muscle aches, muscle pain, fatigue, and headache, including migraines. Emotional and behavioral signs and symptoms can include nervousness, irritability, anxiety, changes in eating habits, loss of energy and enthusiasm, and depression.

Headache, gastrointestinal disturbances, sleep problems Muscle tension, muscle ache, muscle pain Fatigue All of the above

Stress is an unnatural reaction.

Stress is a natural, normal part of life. It is important to note that the experience of stress varies greatly among the individual. What constitutes overwhelming stress for one person may not be perceived as stress by another.

True False

Chronically stressed people are...

People under chronic stress are more likely to develop addictions and have a greater tendency to engage in unhealthy behaviors such as overeating, smoking cigarettes, and excessive use and abuse of alcohol and drugs.

More likely to develop addictions. Less likely to develop addictions. More likely to commit crimes. Less likely to commit crimes.

What are endorphins?

Neurotransmitters are messengers that transfer information between nerve cells. Endorphins are neurotransmitters produced by the body to control, suppress, or diminish the perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. The body's natural pain-control response helps us deal with stress.

Painkillers Neurotransmitters A and B None of the above

A stressed person can stimulate endorphin release by...

A stressed person can stimulate endorphin release by regular activity and exercise. Studies on the cause/effect relationship between exercise and stress strongly suggest that physical activity helps the brain cope with and respond to stress. In terms of stress management, physical activity as simple as a daily walk is a small but powerful weapon against stress.

Sleeping Eating Reading Exercise

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