The different types of bad stress are as follows:
This is the unremitting stress that you experience throughout the day and often at night. (Take a moment to identify both the sources and kind of hits you take in a day, i.e., work demands, commuting, interpersonal interaction with difficult people, family obligations, child development issues, cell phone interruptions, twenty-four-hour news, etc.)
Lack of adaptation
This is the inability to adjust. Many people are never able to be comfortable with speaking in public. While some people can adjust and adapt if they continue to do it, others are never able to do so. Each time is its own traumatic ordeal. With no learned adaptability to rely on, they avoid it at all costs.
Prolonged response due to delayed shutdown
This is failure to hear the all clear after the stressing event and responses to it have subsided. One example is rehashing an argument and reactivating the stress response each time. Another is bringing what happened at work home with you and not being able to unwind. A third example is waking up at three A.M., and replaying and second-guessing something you have said or shouldn’t have said during the day.
Too little stress response can be as bad as too much. When you have allergies, the immune system goes on red alert in response to usually harmless substances because glucocorticoids and other moderating
mediators are not responding as they should. The cytokines and inflammatory response take over and produce allergic reactions.
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