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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Then Edward was helped to identify specific triggers for his alarm reaction.
An understanding of the physiological changes that occur in response to alarm reaction and resistance enables critical care nurses to assess the SSR and to proactively intercept pathophysiological responses that may ensue.
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).