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Unformatted text preview: Something as simple as good prenatal care—from flu shots to proper nutrition—may help to prevent the biological chain reactions that underlie many psychological problems. Stress is suspect Scientists studying the developmental roots of mental illness have zeroed in on a likely suspect: the body's stress ( /topic s /s tr es s /index .as px ) response. When the body reacts to stressors, tw o systems ki ck i nto gear. The endocri ne system produces stress hormones such as cortisol. And the sympathetic nervous system churns out other stress­related hormones such as epinephrine and norepinephrine—the factors responsible for the heart­pounding, sweaty­palms sensation known as the fight­or­flight response. Yet stress physiology encompasses much more than just stress hormones, says Thaddeus Pace, PhD, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University School of Medicine. Stress also impacts immune function. "A stressful event can have profound effects...
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2014 for the course PY 352 taught by Professor Parker during the Spring '11 term at Alabama.

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