alarm reaction


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alarm reaction

[ə′lärm rē′ak·shən]
(biology)
The sum of all nonspecific phenomena which are elicited by sudden exposure to stimuli, which affect large portions of the body, and to which the organism is quantitatively or qualitatively not adapted.
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If this appears to be the case, the assessor can explain that trying to suppress or ignore emotional and bodily alarm reactions such as anger or craving for substances is an understandable attempt to cope with these reactions that provides short-term relief (i.e., "helps you get through the day, or the night") but unfortunately makes the alarm reactions more frequent and disruptive in the long run.
HIT advocates believe that the alarm reaction and the resistance and musculoskeletal adaptation occur from one strength-training session to the next.
Alarm reaction, the response that first occurs when you're faced with a perceived emotional or physical threat, results in a rise in blood pressure, an increased heartbeat, and a general mobilization of your body's defensive forces.
Stress occurs in three stages within the human body: Alarm reaction, resistance, and exhaustion.(2) The alarm reaction produces physiological changes, known collectively as "fight-or-flight" syndrome, in response to an emergency.