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Quiz: Don't Worry! Be Happy!
by Staff
You can't avoid stress -- it's everywhere! And no matter the source of your stress, it's doing certain things to your body. Take this quiz to find out what's going on when stress sets in.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), what percentage of all illnesses and disease is stress-related?

  • 25 percent
  • 60 percent
  • 90 percent

What happens in the mouth and throat during stress?

  • You scream your head off.
  • All of your saliva disappears and you can't swallow.
  • Your brain produces a cinnamon flavor to calm you down.

Stress can cause alopecia areata. What part of the body does this disorder affect?

  • skin
  • hair
  • heart

Long-term exposure to the stress hormone cortisol has been linked to shrinking in what part of the brain?

  • hippocampus
  • temporal lobe
  • frontal lobe

In response to a stressor, a part of the brain called the HPA system is activated. What does HPA stand for?

  • hydrocephalic procarbazine acetate
  • hypothalamic pituitary adrenal
  • hormonal phytoalexin alkaline

What are glucocorticoids?

  • the parts of the brain which become active during a stress episode
  • blood clots in the heart caused by chronic stress
  • steroid hormones, such as the stress hormone cortisol

Why do neurotransmitters suppress areas in the brain concerned with short-term memory, concentration and inhibition during a stressful event?

  • so that you have no memory of the experience
  • to enable you to react quickly to the stressor
  • so that you won't feel pain if you die

What is the circulatory system's response to stress?

  • Blood flow decreases by approximately 50 percent.
  • Blood flow increases slightly.
  • Blood flow increases by 300 to 400 percent.

Children often experience stress. What did the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend in 2006 as a way to combat stress in children?

  • Children should get involved in after-school activities, such as karate or chess, which could help them deal with stress.
  • There should be more unstructured play time for children.
  • They recommended three forms of psychiatric therapy for children.

Which vitamin has been shown to reduce stress levels but also carries the possible side effects of headaches, diarrhea and kidney stones?

  • B
  • C
  • D

The first step of eliminating stress is:

  • identifying your stressors
  • exercising
  • partying with friends

Which of the following is a reason why a little stress is good for you?

  • keeps a person from gaining a false reality of life
  • Without a little stress, the body tends to lose its ability to handle it.
  • The body tends to create stress inducers if none occur.

Which of the following lifestyle choices are NOT beneficial for the brain and reducing stress levels?

  • being physically active at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week
  • eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and drinking enough water
  • getting about 4-5 hours of sleep

What percentage of all prescriptions written in America each year are anti-anxiety medications?

  • 25 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 75 percent

Which of the following illnesses goes hand in hand with stress?

  • depression
  • dyslexia
  • schizophrenia

Short term stress may prevent which of the following illnesses?

  • epilepsy
  • migraine
  • Alzheimer’s

Long-term stress, anxiety and depression can cause which of the following illnesses?

  • epilepsy
  • migraine
  • Alzheimer’s

What percentage of the general population experiences some stress every two weeks?

  • 25 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 75 percent

Which are more prone to developing anxiety disorders as a result of stress?

  • men
  • women
  • Both are the same.

Which of the following harmful behaviors are contributed to by stress?

  • suicide
  • drug addiction
  • obesity
  • all of the above