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How Stress Attacks the Body

By Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on January 22, 2010

How Stress Attacks the BodyUndeniably, psychological stress can lead to a variety of conditions with psychological, medical and sociological implications. However, despite the known effects of stress, the cellular method by which stress causes biological changes has remained elusive.

A new book seeks to tie together the pieces by providing a comprehensive overview of the molecular basis of stress from a neurobiological and immunological perspective.

In ‘Stress – From Molecules to Behavior’, Professors Hermona Soreq, Alon Friedman and Daniela Kaufer explore the responses and changes of the nervous system upon stress exposure.

In doing so, they provide unique and fundamental insights into the molecular, physiological and behavioral basis of the stress response of an organism.

“It is well known that stress response may induce profound behavioral changes as well as physiological changes in the nervous and the immune system,” said Editor Professor Hermona Soreq from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

“Unfavorable consequences of stress response are a common health problem in many societies, but studying the underlying molecular mechanisms driving stress induced changes opens the possibility of more targeted therapeutic approaches.”

This technique provides an insight into the molecular alterations of the nervous system in response to stress, the molecular basis of stress related cognition and behavioral changes, and the interplay between the nervous and the immune system upon stress exposure.

Key sections of the title deal with neurotransmitter release, hormone metabolism and neurogenesis in response to stress stimuli, as well as the consequences of these factors on the immune system and the consequential behavior of individuals.

Source: Wiley-Blackwell

 

APA Reference
Nauert, R. (2010). How Stress Attacks the Body. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 28, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/01/22/how-stress-attacks-the-body/10876.html

 

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