Stressors: Threats to the Steady State
Each person operates at
a certain level of adaptation and regularly encounters a certain amount of
change. Such change is expected; it contributes to growth and enhances life.
Stressors, however, can upset this equilibrium. A stressor may be defined as an
internal or external event or situation that creates the potential for
physio-logic, emotional, cognitive, or behavioral changes in an individual.