http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3181836/ Brain areas implicated in the stress response include the amygdala, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex. Traumatic stress can be associated with lasting changes in these brain areas. Traumatic stress is associated with increased cortisol and norepinephrine responses to subsequent stressors. Antidepressants have effets on the hippocampus that counteract the effectsContinue Reading

The theory of cumulative stress: How to recover when stress builds up http://t.co/FJ3COig5Po – HuffPost Living (@HealthyLiving) November 2, 2014 This was frustrating. Why could I handle it for four or five weeks, but not longer than that? Eventually I realized the issue: stress is cumulative. Three days per weekContinue Reading

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/09/140910132532.htm Older men who lead high-stress lives, either from chronic everyday hassles or because of a series of significant life events, are likely to die earlier than the average for their peers, new research from Oregon State University shows. “We’re looking at long-term patterns of stress — if your stressContinue Reading

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/05/stress-contagious-empathic_n_5242920.html Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Technische Universität Dresden found that for some people, watching someone else go through a stressful moment can lead to an increase in their own stress hormone levels. “The fact that we could actually measure this empathicContinue Reading