Human Behavior in the Social Environment (SWK 5223)

A course at the University of Oklahoma Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work taught by Carrie Jankowski, MSSW, LCSW

Month: December 2016 (Page 4 of 6)

BP 11

Share 2 changes/additions you made to your website (note if they were peer suggested or your own ideas) and explain your reasoning behind it. If you did not make any changes, please state as such.

Explain the relationship between stress, physical health, and mental health as it relates to subjective well-being as concretely evidenced by the text.

I added a resume to my website and additional information in the “About Me” section of my website. The purpose for making these changes was to lure potential employers to my website so that they can have insight as to my professional experience and get to know a little more about who I am as a person. These suggestions were from my peer and I really appreciated the feedback and recommendations.

Broderick and Blewitt (2015) explains that the chronic activation of stress can lead to the downward spiral of negative physical and emotional consequences. The positive emotions and resilience broadens attention and contributes to building more personal resources in individuals (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Positive emotions serve to undo the impact of negative emotions of stress and can lead to increase overall wellbeing in individuals and help them develop resources to achieve resilience. Broderick and Blewitt (2015) further explained that negative emotions from stress can lead to anxiety and depressive moods which can have a adverse impact on an individuals mental health and well-being. Repeated increase of stress can have devastating impacts on an individual where they become hyper sensitive to threatening details and individuals can become over-aroused to the point where they feel like they are constantly under attack. This leads to physical health impairments such as hypertension and heart ailments as stress has been linked to the over production of the hormone cortisol which can have adverse impacts on an individuals health.

Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2015). Living Well: Stress, Coping, and Life Satisfaction in Adulthood The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals (4th ed., pp 548-549). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

 

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  • Share 2 changes/additions you made to your website (note if they were peer suggested or your own ideas) and explain your reasoning behind it. If you did not make any changes, please state as such.
  • Explain the relationship between stress, physical health, and mental health as it relates to subjective well-being as concretely evidenced by the text.

The two changes that I made was not from the peer review, but more from my idea. When I went over the images that I added changed some of the colors on my page to represent my personality. The second thing I changed was adding editing what I had written to sound more professional but reflective of me.

According to Broderick & Blewitt (2006), stated stressors affects the nervous system, which activates the HPA axis, causing release of hormones that creates your body to think it’s under attack. Stress mobilizes the body’s energy resource to enhance certain functions such as motor and sensory abilities. this could have a detrimental effect an individual’s physical health, and mental health.

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The 2 changes that I made to my website was adding information about my short term and long term goals in my about me section and also adding information about the diversity fair. I was not able to change the arrangement of my blog post as suggested in my peer review because I was not sure how to do so. My peer suggested all of these changes. I was able to change these things because I thought that it was important to get some of my goal written down on paper. I also thought adding information about what occurred at the diversity fair was important to give an explanation instead of just including pictures.

Stress, mental health, and physical health all share some type of effective relationship. When individuals are stressed out it could affect both their mental health and cause physical health problems. However on the other hand, when one is stressed if one participates in physical activity it can lessen the affect of developing mental health or physical health problems due to effective coping. According to Broderick and Blewitt (2015), when there is a huge amount of stress on the body it can cause stress called allostatic load. Also according to the diathesis-stress model stress can effect individuals differently, which is why some individuals develop PTSD (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Having healthy ways to deal with stress can help individuals mental health, since the brain response to stress, this can lead to good physical and mental health (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015).

Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2015). The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

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  • Share 2 changes/additions you made to your website (note if they were peer suggested or your own ideas) and explain your reasoning behind it. If you did not make any changes, please state as such.
  • Explain the relationship between stress, physical health, and mental health as it relates to subjective well-being as concretely evidenced by the text.

 

Britney suggested I change the name of my blog and show it purpose. I changed the title from “my blog” to my name and added the course name beneath it.

Chronic stress can have a number of physiological effects. For instance, the immune system can become suppressed leaving a person more vulnerable to harmful bacteria and viruses.  Continuously elevated levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, can lead to cardiovascular problems and other diseases later in life. Psychological stress influenced from traumatic events can lead to depressed mood and lack of interest in social interaction. It is important for people to develop positive coping mechanisms for managing stress. Effective management of stress promotes wellness.   Positive coping skills and wellness can be observed through a person’s positive attitude, sense of self-efficacy, self-esteem and their social supports.

 

 

Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2009). The life span: Human development for helping professionals (4th). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. ISBN 9780133785647.

 

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I added my resume and video content to my blog. The resume was suggested and will help in using the site as an employment tool. I added the video in order to showcase my creative abstract thinking skills.

According to the text (Broderick and Blewitt, 2006), stress can be attributed to major life events or daily hassles. The ability to adapt to stressful events or mitigated daily stress is a strong predictor of mental, physical and emotional well being. Although stress is a natural and necessary function of the human body, the regulation of stress load, directly impacts an individuals ability to navigate daily life. Role strain or dissatisfaction with our daily work, intimate relationships, and community activity, may increase chronic stress levels. The effect of daily internal turmoil can take an adverse toll on an individuals physical condition. The body has several physiological systems which utilize stressors to release body regulating hormones, including systems which manage our immune system (Broderick and Blewitt, 2006). Stress hormones (cortisol) in elevated levels, overtime, can increase the likelihood of cardiovascular problems immunity dysfunction (Broderick and Blewitt, 2006). Through healthy coping skills and stress regulating self-care, the mind, body, and spirit can experience a greater sense of well-being.

 

Reference

Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2006). The life span: Human development for helping professionals. Upper Saddle River, NJ:    Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall.

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Prompt:

  • Share 2 changes/additions you made to your website (note if they were peer suggested or your own ideas) and explain your reasoning behind it. If you did not make any changes, please state as such.
  • Explain the relationship between stress, physical health, and mental health as it relates to subjective well-being as concretely evidenced by the text.

Response:

  • My peer asked that I add additional information to my About Me section, which I did since that section only had my educational information that did not include any personal information. I also thought it would help me be more approachable to clients if they saw my website in order to view me as a ‘Regular’ person. I also change my Home Page feed to include three columns of my Posts instead of two columns as I previously had due to having several posts to my site. I thought it would be easier to view with more access to view multiple posts at once.
  • A person’s well-being has many intersections that combine to add to the overall well-being of someone. When a person has stress, the internal systems of a person’s body uses the energy allowed for the internal systems to compensate for the fight or flight response a person experiences when they are stressed (Broderick and Blewitt). This pull of energy from the body to satisfy the rest of the body damages the physical health of the person. When a person is constantly stressed and their physical health begins to decline, you will notice a mental health decline as well since the person is aware that their body is not the same. If a person is able to manage their stress, then their physical and mental health will begin to recover from the lack of energy it needs to return to a healthy and positive state (Broderick and Blewitt).

Reference

Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2014). The life span: Human development for helping professionals. Harlow: Pearson Education.

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While there were several peer suggestions made regarding my web-site, I have to honestly admit that I took all of those changes under advisement and have every intention of utilizing them to strengthen the overall appearance and effectiveness of my blog posts.  It should however be noted that I made the conscious decision not to make those changes at this current time.  My reason for not initiating changes was based on my lack of technological expertise and the amount of time it would take for me to make those changes.  With the responsibilities of Graduate School and the completion of research papers and other assignments, I chose to complete the semester’s requirements and make the changes to the web-site following the completion of the semester when I can solely focus on it and make the most complete and effective changes possible.

 

When discussing the issues surrounding stress and its impact on physical and mental health, I would have to inform the individual that physically, the body responds to stress by utilizing extra energy to enhance the fight or flight response.  After repeated episodes of this, there can be some rather intense affects on the human body, which can even include the brain’s effect on the immune system and the immune system affecting the brain (Broderick, P.C.; Blewitt P.; 2015)Repeated stress can also affect mental health and it is important to note that some people have a higher vulnerability or (diathesis) under stressful conditions, which can lead some to develop post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of encountering stressful or traumatic events.  (Broderick, P; Blewett, P., 2015).  It is vital that stress be regulated and some form of self-care be utilized or assistance sought for people who are repeatedly in stressful situations.

 

Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2015). The Life Span: Human Development for
Helping Professionals (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

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Two changes that I made to my website was changing up the theme of the background and adding an “about me” page, which was recommended during the peer review.

Stress, physical health, and mental health are important aspects of maintaining well-being. According to Broderick and Blewitt (p. 475, 2010) there are psychological resilience factors, attitudes, and behaviors that can contribute to well-being during stress. One of these factors is physical exercise, which increases mood, self-esteem, and cognition. Another factor of maintaining well-being during stress is practicing active coping skills that are used to seek solutions and help manage emotions. Subjective well-being is an individuals experience of life satisfaction within all domains of life (Broderick & Blewitt, 2010), and learning efficient coping skills to enhance resilience, and maintaining adequate physical health will promote well-being and healthy ways of managing stress.

 

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Please respond to the following:

  • Share 2 changes/additions you made to your website (note if they were peer suggested or your own ideas) and explain your reasoning behind it. If you did not make any changes, please state as such.
  • Explain the relationship between stress, physical health, and mental health as it relates to subjective well-being as concretely evidenced by the text.

In my blog post there were several suggestions made about how I could appeal more to employers. On my contact screen I added my phone number, which was peer suggested. A peer also suggested that I add a page about experience, I chose not to add that page because I do not have much experience in the Social Work field. However, I did add my resume so a potential employer could see the experience I have in other areas.

Stress, physical health and mental health all play a major part with the well being of an adult. The body responds to stress and produces energy that enhances abilities to deal with the situation. Stress, physical health and mental health are all co-related and affect each other and the overall well being of an individual. When a person has too much stress in their life it affects the physical health, which in turn affects their mental health and overall well-being. Stress can lead to the downward spiral of both negative physical consequences and emotional consequences. It is important to have positive thoughts and emotions to promote recovery from stress and an individual’s overall well-being. Many life events and daily hassles add to the stress of an individual and can become chronic which means the person will continue to deal with these issues and well-being.

Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2015). The Emerging Self and Socialization in the Early Years. The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

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In response to the peer review I wrote about my work and family history and added a favorite quote. Jessica had recommended that I do an opening page, and I thought it was a nice result.

In the book (P. 482) the story of Emma touches on the different types of stresses. Her physical health issues as she grew older did limit what activities she could do, but she healthily found ways to do what she enjoyed anyway.  This was good for her mental health and she could then look back at her life and see her efforts towards helping others and hopefully feel satisfied and esteemed from this. She was good at healthy coping (p. 483).She would have developed a good sense of generatively (p. 510). Her desire and accomplishments are great.  Stress can result in a shortened life ultimately if we do not find ways to manage it. Heart attacks and high blood pressure can become difficulties for a person who does not find ways to manage stress and gets to the point of allostatic load. Challenges will occur in life and how we respond is key. The amount of good relationships, competencies, meaningfulness, purpose, and other  protective factors will be helpful at this time.

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