Coping with Stress
I chose the topic of, Bob just found out that one of his friends died at work and they will be having the funeral on Thursday. This would be considered a major event. This type of stress has been known to affect the health of a physical person. (AUO 2013 p3.) For Bob, the loss of his friend could cause anxiety, depression, changes in eating habits, and personal habits. There are things Bob could do to help lower his stress level. According to Charles and Nathan, who developed a model to cope with stress, (AUO 2013, p5) Bob could meditate, exercise, social support, (from his other co-workers who may also be feeling the same as he is), and do some progressive relaxation. The active strategy he would use could be emotion- focused, such as writing a journal on his feelings. The pain Bob feels from the loss of his friend is still there, but his feelings of stress will subside (AUO 2013 p.6). Bod will be better off if he had multiple strategies to help him cope in stressful situations. (Tennen et al 2000). (, Gerring and Zimbardo, 2008 p.399.) Some of the long term effects could be Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. (PTSD). Some of the characteristics of PTSD that Bob might experience could be re-experiencing the traumatic event through re-occurring dreams, (APA 1994 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 4th edn.)Washington, D.C.). Following the death of Bob’s friend, he could have reoccurring dreams of the funeral, not seeing his friend at work, and may even feel guilt. But if Bob seeks the help he feels he might need, Bob will persevere.