Category Archives: biological effects of stress

A vaccine for stress

There is a very nice article on stress in Wired Magazine. It provides a nice summary of Sapolsky’s research on stress as well as various treatment methods. The new twist, for me anyway, is that Sapolsky is working on a vaccine to inhibit the damaging effects of stress on the body and brain.

Are Sleep Problems Symptoms or Causes of Emotional Disorders

In a thought provoking article, Sleep study at Pitt is a researcher’s dream job, in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the role of sleep in mental health is explored. Some of the many interesting points from the interview of Dr. Anne Germain are: “…there is growing evidence that sleep problems are actually the cause of many psychological […]

More From the News

Two new articles of note: First, Charles M. Blow, in the New York Times, writes about two 11 year old boys who recently suicided.  It is thought that being bullied at school played a major role in their separate decisions to end their lives.  A very moving and thought provoking article.  You can read it […]

No One Knowingly Errs

In the very first post on this blog, I wrote: "Actions based on anxiety are often regrettable." That may be true, but someone experiencing intense anxiety or a panic attack feels under great pressure to do something, anything to relieve the anxiety and improve their situation. Nevertheless, actions born from anxiety often have poor or […]

More on the biology of stress

This is a brief follow-up to my fourth post on anxiety: “Biological Aspects of Stress and Anxiety.”  In researching for the next topic for the blog, I ran across a video about Robert Sapolsky, the author of  Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers.   The video is short but makes a dramatic point about the effects […]

You Don’t Have To Be A Brain Surgeon: But It Even Helps Them

This is the fifth post in the series on anxiety. This post covers the relationship between the 3rd and 4th posts. That is, the relationship between some of the stress reduction techniques and the biology of the stress model. Once more, I need to repeat that this is a tremendous simplification of a highly complex […]