Stressed or stressed out: what is the difference?

  title={Stressed or stressed out: what is the difference?},
  author={Bruce S. McEwen},
  journal={Journal of psychiatry & neuroscience : JPN},
  volume={30 5},
  • Bruce S. McEwen
  • Published 2005 in Journal of psychiatry & neuroscience : JPN
The term "allostasis" has been coined to clarify ambiguities associated with the word "stress". Allostasis refers to the adaptive processes that maintain homeostasis through the production of mediators such as adrenalin, cortisol and other chemical messengers. These mediators of the stress response promote adaptation in the aftermath of acute stress, but they also contribute to allostatic overload, the wear and tear on the body and brain that result from being "stressed out". This conceptual… CONTINUE READING
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