Editor’s Note: How many people at some point in their life find themselves just “going through the motions”? The treatment of conditions such as depression and anxiety disorder are prevalent facts of life in American society. The author, a graduate student at the United States Sports Academy, makes some excellent points about things that all of us need to watch for in our own lives.
For several decades, many scientists have debated the meaning of stress. Unfortunately, a clear decisive definition has not evolved. Researchers, however, have discovered stress is a subjective phenomenon. The human body is designed to experience stress and react to the stressor in order to survive. Individuals can perceive and respond to similar experiences differently. An athlete, for example, may feel negative stress (i.e., distress) and become ill when preparing to make a putt during a golf tournament. Nonetheless, the athlete is able to overcome this stressful experience and make the putt.