How much do you know about stress?


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
How much do you know about stress?

Citizens of one of the most stressed nations, prove your position with this quiz.
It's every Indian's favourite word. And there's a reason for it. We top the charts when it comes to stress statistics.

A Nielsen report released after a survey of 6,500 women across 21 developed and emerging countries in 2011 said Indian women are the most stressed in the world. We polled 87% as opposed to 74% of women in Mexico who claimed they experience stress most of time. A survey by Regus last year claimed 71% Indians are victims of illnesses that arise due to stress on account of job uncertainty.

So, how much and how well do you know the phenomenon from which there is no escape? Here's your chance to find out.

You are a student, and have a final examination tomorrow. What beverage will you stock up on?

A. Coffee; it's warm, energizing, keeps you awake and attentive. If athletes down it to increase fatty acids in their bloodstream to pedal longer, surely it's going to keep you going too.
B. Water. Natural and powerful.
C. Fresh fruit juice; it's packed with nutrients.

Answer: B Hydration is key to brain function. Water, says research, can help your brain work 14% faster. Juices contain simple sugars that raise glucose levels and make you sluggish.
Too much caffeine is known to lead to jitteriness, and difficulty concentrating.

Which bright mind came up with the term `stress'?
A. American neuropyschiatrist Eric Kandel .
B. American neurobiologist Robert Sperry .
C. Endocrinologist Hans Selye.

Answer: C In the 1930s, Selye first used the term in an organic framework in his study with animals which, he concluded, had similar responses to stress as humans, e.g., hypertension, lingering back pain, and chronic abdominal problems.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has been recorded in which epic?
A. Homer's The Iliad
B. The Mahabharata
C. John Milton's Paradise Lost

Answer: A Homer's Iliad records PTSD, a mental disorder that develops after a terrifying ordeal involving physical harm or the threat of it. During the Trojan War, Achilles bemoans of being motionless, and hints at rage and suicidal tendency.

Chomping on which food has been known to ease stress?
A. Fresh wheatgrass.
B. Sun dried tomatoes.
C. Chewing gum.

Answer. C Chewing gum, researchers say, not only eases the jaw, but stress as well. Ancient Mayans and Greeks chomped on resin gum.

What's the origin of the word stress?
A. Stringere.
B. Strangulate.
C. Stringent.

Answer. A `Stress is a word derived from the Latin word stringere, meaning to draw tight. It refers to its effect on the body. Stress triggers blood vessels to close, hence the `drawing close' analogy.

Stress contributes for how much of infertility problems?
A. 5%
B. 75%
C. 30%

Answer: C Stress changes the neurochemical makeup of the body, which can affect the maturation and release of the human egg. Stress can also cause the fallopian tubes and uterus to spasm, affecting implantation.
In men, it can affect sperm count and motility and lead to erectile dysfunction.

What happens to the eyes when you are under extreme stress?
A. There is a slight loss of side vision.
B. The pupils dilate.
C. You experience the dry eye syndrome.

Answer: B Your pupils dilate (mydriasis) in exactly the same way they do in response to attraction: to gather more visual information about a situation.

How do stress balls help alleviate the symptoms?
A. The rotating action soothes the nerves in the palms.
B. They act on pressure point.
C. The chi energy released by the squeezing relaxes the mind.

Answer: B Chinese stress balls, also called Baoding balls, were created during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) in Baoding, China. Originally made of iron, the balls are thought to relieve stress because they touch pressure or acupuncture points on the hand.

In a moment of high stress, your neck gets...
A. Stiff.
B. Elongated.
C. Shielded.

Answer: C The fight or flight response is one that's crucial for our survival when under threat. The same response is triggered during modern-day stress situations, although not physically harmful. The front of your neck is soft and vulnerable, marked by a strong pulse. It houses the windpipe protected by delicate cartilage.

When you're stressed, the body's response to stay alive kicks in, causing your neck muscles to raise your shoulders and bring your head down and forward. It also causes your chest muscles to bring your shoulders forward, in an effort to protect the front of the neck.

Similar threads

Important Announcements!

Type in Tamil

Click here to go to Google transliteration page. Type there in Tamil and copy and paste it.