The body’s response to perceived threat or danger, in which hormones like adrenalin and cortisol are released, speeding heart rate, slowing digestion, and shunting blood flow to major muscle groups. The response helps us physically fight or run away when faced with danger, but can be activated in situations where neither response is appropriate. When the perceived threat is gone, systems are designed to return to normal function, but chronic stress can prevent this and cause damage to the body. The fight response may be manifested in angry, argumentative behavior, and the flight response may be manifested through social withdrawal, substance abuse, or other addictive behaviors.

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