alarm reaction


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alarm reaction

n.
The initial stage in the body's response to stressful stimuli, characterized by adaptive physiological changes, such as increased hormonal activity and increased heart rate.
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Significant differences between the treated and control groups were observed in the following parameters: passivity (42), piloerection (8), loss of alarm reaction (11), aggressiveness (16), nasal discharge (21), dyspnea (18), and fear (25) in a total of 80 rats.
The leaders emphasized that the group's goal was to help each participant move forward and not dwell on the past by strengthening each group member's skills for dealing with this type of alarm reaction and refocusing on positive steps toward their personal goals.
"It should be emphasized that the alarm reaction is not necessarily a pathologic phenomenon" (Selye, 1946, p.
The opioid addict's brain has been conditioned to have an alarm reaction at the first sign of any physical pain or discomfort--which always occurs even after a short-term inpatient detox (the HMO's idea of a successful treatment episode).