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Pentagon Employee Recalls 9/11 (04:43)


Dr. Sanjay Gupta describes the fight-or-flight response, a psychological reaction that helps respond to danger. Army veteran John Thurman revisits the Sept. 11 attack that destroyed his office at the Pentagon and led to his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder.

PTSD and Survivor's Guilt (03:33)

Thurman describes the first symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder that he experienced upon returning to work. Gupta explains PTSD, which can occur when an individual’s fight-or-flight response is altered by trauma. Symptoms include nightmares, flashbacks and depression.

Stress Responses (01:45)

“The Upside of Stress” author Kelly McGonigal distinguishes the fight-or-flight response from other responses to stress. A “challenge response,” for example, is a healthy reaction that helps those who feel it rise to challenges; and a “tend and befriend” response can strengthen relationships.

Dinner Party (05:52)

Connecting with others is the idea behind an organization called the Dinner Party. Guests at the group’s parties are connected by the shared experience of loss. Group co-founder Lennon Flowers discusses the loss of her mother to lung cancer and overcoming the taboo topic of death.

Health Impacts and Managing Stress (06:42)

Gupta explains how stress impacts health; prolonged stress is linked to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. Hall shares techniques for lowering stress. Thurman uses yoga to keep PTSD at bay, and he teaches a class at the Pentagon where his journey began.

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The Science of Stress

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John Thurman thought he would be safe at the Pentagon. Then the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 happened. John survived and spent a week in the hospital recovering, but his fight didn't end there. He suffered from PTSD long after the attack, until a friend suggested yoga. John's life changed, and now he's helping others find the same comfort. Explore the science of stress, from the stress of trauma and grief to the common stressors in our daily lives. Learn what stress does to the body and what you can do about it. Even just thinking about stress differently can change the way our bodies and minds react to it.

Length: 23 minutes

Item#: BVL187412

ISBN: 978-1-64623-307-6

Copyright date: ©2015

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