The Mayo Clinic’s online Stress Center provides information about stress awareness, symptoms, relief, and prevention. It also houses a stress assessment questionnaire and a blog written by a Mayo clinician.
This easy to use service of the National Library of Medicine has links to articles, research reports, and organizations covering various aspects of stress. Some information is available in Spanish.
The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, overseen by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, houses an online information center with materials on reactions to trauma; symptoms, treatment and care of PTSD; frequently asked questions; and more.
The National Child Trauma Stress Network offers information on types child trauma, treatments, crisis hotlines, and more for caregivers, educators, and healthcare professionals. The Network is coordinated by UCLA and Duke University, and funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This National Institute of Mental Health page provides information about the symptoms, treatments, and current research and news on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, in addition to links to relevant publications and information on how to get help.
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Factors ranging from age and gender to life experiences and cultural background make us react to
situations differently. But biological bases, such as the way genetics and neurochemicals affect our brains, are providing insight into addiction, post traumatic stress disorder, and stressful situations that we face every day.
“There is this focus in science on studying one factor at a time, but diseases and disorders—particularly the most intractable ones—don’t arise this way,” says one researcher.
may have more to do with altered stress pathways than pleasure-seeking
Purpose in Life (PIL) is a research area that focuses on the interactions between mind and body and the powerful
ways in which emotional, mental, social, and spiritual factors can directly
affect health. It links the belief that your life has meaning and purpose to a
robust and persistently improved physiological health outcome—particularly as a
way to treat dementia, spinal cord injuries, stroke, and immunological and
cardiovascular issues that include but extend beyond the brain.
Most drug development for depression has focused on undoing the bad effects of stress, but new research suggests that finding ways to induce resilience could lead to new treatments. One of our series of briefing papers.
Microbiota in our gut, sometimes referred to as the “second genome” or the “second brain,” may influence our mood in ways that scientists are just now beginning to understand. As research evolves, further understanding of microbiota’s relationship to the human brain could have significant mental health implications.