Cortisol and DHEA in development and psychopathology.

  title={Cortisol and DHEA in development and psychopathology.},
  author={Hayley S. Kamin and Darlene A. Kertes},
  journal={Hormones and behavior},
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and cortisol are the most abundant hormones of the human fetal and adult adrenals released as end products of a tightly coordinated endocrine response to stress. Together, they mediate short- and long-term stress responses and enable physiological and behavioral adjustments necessary for maintaining homeostasis. Detrimental effects of chronic or repeated elevations in cortisol on behavioral and emotional health are well documented. Evidence for actions of DHEA that… CONTINUE READING