Our central nervous system (CNS) is a fascinating entity that allows us to unveil the marvelous phenomena of this universe.
We simply cannot cover every function that the brain ensures!
However, the CNS still has limitations that may lead to dire consequences in some cases. A classic example would be the brain’s inability to differentiate psychological from organic stress.
Generally speaking, stress is an important stimulus that keeps people going in their everyday life. However, if it becomes chronic, the body reacts as if you’re running for your life in the jungle.
The first thing that gets activated is the sympathetic nervous system, which is often referred to as the “fight or flight” system.
As a result, stress hormones’ (e.g., epinephrine, norepinephrine, cortisol) serum levels skyrocket, which is normal and favorable at the acute phase, but pathological and destructive in the long run.
In this article, we will answer the important question about when is stress a good thing and when it’s bad.