DOI: 10.1146/annurev.clinpsy.1.102803.144141 ISSN:

Stress and Health: Psychological, Behavioral, and Biological Determinants

Neil Schneiderman, Gail Ironson, Scott D. Siegel
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • General Medicine

Stressors have a major influence upon mood, our sense of well-being, behavior, and health. Acute stress responses in young, healthy individuals may be adaptive and typically do not impose a health burden. However, if the threat is unremitting, particularly in older or unhealthy individuals, the long-term effects of stressors can damage health. The relationship between psychosocial stressors and disease is affected by the nature, number, and persistence of the stressors as well as by the individual's biological vulnerability (i.e., genetics, constitutional factors), psychosocial resources, and learned patterns of coping. Psychosocial interventions have proven useful for treating stress-related disorders and may influence the course of chronic diseases.

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