Stress and Illness

Stress and Illness

There are numerous disorders that have been linked to stress, including depression, anxiety, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, and immune system disturbances. In addition, stress can have direct effects on the gastrointestinal system by aggravating existing conditions like ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, and ulcerative colitis. Nervous system disorders can be affected by stress, like insomnia and Parkinson’s disease. In fact, it’s hard to think of any disease in which stress cannot play an aggravating role. As you might recall from your Module 1 SLP Assignment, there are four major categories of stress symptoms: cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and physical. In this Module’s assignment, you will build on this knowledge by exploring disorders that are associated with these categories.

SLP Assignment

For this SLP assignment, you will choose one disorder from the four major categories of stress (cognitive, physical, behavioral, or emotional) as shown in the table below. Your assignment will be to develop a PowerPoint presentation that includes the following:

Slide 1Title Slide with Name, Course, and Date

Slide 2 – IntroductionTopics to be covered in outline form

Slides 3-5Choose one disorder from the table above. Briefly describe your chosen disorder. What are the symptoms of your chosen disorder? How does stress affect/cause/manifest/enhance this condition? How many people are affected by the disorder? Describe how your chosen disorder is associated with its main category of stress from the table (i.e., how is insomnia sometimes a cognitive condition?).

Slide 6Describe how your chosen disorder overlaps with the other categories of stress listed from the table (i.e., obesity may be influenced by behavioral styles such as overeating in reaction to stress, but there may be emotional components as well).

Slides 7-8Choose and describe one occupation at high risk for stress (firefighter, policeman, trauma nurse, service member, air traffic controller, etc). What are the main causes for your chosen occupation’s stress? How does this stress affect their ability to perform? (Be sure to incorporate aspects of physical, emotional, cognitive, and/or behavioral functions). Include an image representing your chosen occupation.

Slide 9 – ConclusionSummarize your project findings.

Slide 10—ReferencesAPA Format

SLP Assignment Expectations

For this SLP assignment you will develop a PowerPoint Presentation that is approximately 1-10 slides in length and addresses the requirements outlined above. Place the text containing the answers to the questions above in the slide area, summarizing each topic using bullet points (in your own words, expand in more detail using the notes area). Images to convey text will not be accepted.

Be sure to include citations referencing your sources on each slide (use either the slide or notes area). Include a descriptive title for each slide that describes the topic being discussed. Be sure to include a title slide with your name, assignment type (ex. SLP Module 1 or 3), and course title. Include an introduction slide with the subjects you will cover in outline form. Include a slide summarizing your project findings (Conclusion slide). Your final slide should contain a list of references cited in APA format.

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