Chronic stress can lead to inflammation, which can result in physical symptoms as well as mental health symptoms.
Itchy skin? More aches and pains? Unusual rash? Headaches? Pimples? If you've been experiencing unusual physical symptoms recently, the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic may be the reason.
Stress can make your life considerably less colourful.
Chemical changes in the brain associated with chronic stress can put our cognition and mood under serious strain.
We spend on average four hours a day looking at our phones.
The relationship between our smartphones and levels of the stress hormone cortisol isn't yet clear, but people report feeling more stressed than they were before they had a smartphone.
More than 100 million American suffer from chronic pain – in which pain signals continue in the nervous system for weeks, months, or even years.
Did you know that trauma, even when there is no tissue or nerve damage, can cause chronic pain? Exactly how much pain and who is most vulnerable depends on which 'stress genes' we carry.
Why do some people love roller coasters while others hate them?
You can’t resist the yawn.
Everybody does it, but why? Scientists aren't really sure if exhaustion, stress or some other social factor is at the root of yawning – and how it can be so contagious.
Pigs and humans have a lot in common, particularly their digestive tracts.
Stress makes people tired and irritable, but its dangers to the body do not stop there. Chemicals that were meant to work under an immediate threat harm organs in the body and can elevate blood pressure.
Fred Rogers at a taping of his famous show on June 28, 1989.
Gene J. Puskar/AP File
As the documentary about 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' hits theaters, it's worth noting that Rogers' emphasis on kindness and love is proving to be very important to good health.
Olympic skiers can top 90 miles per hour.
When faced with chaos or danger, most people retreat. Not so for those who possess a certain personality trait.
Understanding the role of cortisol in suicide risk may lead to new treatments.
Lighter mornings set off a vital biological chain reaction that sets you up for the day.
Women are vigilant about avoiding alcohol and smoking during pregnancy, but what about stress?
Most pregnant women are aware of the advice to quit smoking, avoid alcohol, and fear soft cheese, but much less is done to avoid stress during pregnancy, despite its harms.
Matters of the mind.
Tough events are tough on the brain.
Hair samples reveal how stress and obesity are linked.
The festive season is an intense time of year. Neuroscience can shed some light on what it does to our brains.
Long after people with dementia have forgotten the names of their loved ones, they can still recall songs they learned in their teenage years.
Anti-doping authorities divide steroids into good and bad ones. Yet the more you look at them close up, the more similar they actually are.
The activities we do during the day – from having a fight with a partner to using our iPhones at night – also affect our hormone levels and, in turn, our quality of sleep.
Sleep allows many of our hormones to replenish so we have the optimal energy, immunity, appetite and coping ability to face the day’s highs and lows.
A diagnostic label such as borderline personality disorder, with its stigma and propensity to invalidate the person’s suffering, clearly has many negative impacts.
Diagnostic labels usually describe symptoms, attempt to answer the question of what is wrong, and lead to a treatment plan. But "borderline personality disorder" fails on all three counts.
There are many reasons why some people get very grumpy when they haven’t eaten for a while.
"Hangry" is an amalgam of hungry and angry that describes the distinct grumpiness that some people experience when they haven't eaten for a while. Ring a bell?