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DOI: 10.14704/nq.2019.17.7.2562

Psychophysiology of Chronic Stress: An Example of Mind-body Interaction

Lleuvelyn A. Cacha, Roman R. Poznanski, Tengku M. Ariff, Ahmad Z.A. Latif

Abstract

We present an example of mind-body interaction through the psychophysiology of chronic stress. We show the dynamic pattern of effects on the mind and body associated with chronic stress response and recognize how the mind coordinates the body systems to sustain internal equilibrium for optimal function. In fact many other bodily illnesses are caused by an interaction of mental and physical subtleties. It is important to note that these psychophysiological disorders bring actual physical damage. This review provides a clear direction in understanding how the mind controls the stress response, facilitates positive change, and improves the ability to cope with stress that can be the key to successful healing for overall physical and mental health.

Keywords

mind-body, allostasis, anxiety, depression, stress, homeostasis, hpa axis, physiology of stress responses, chronic stress on the brain, stress-related disorders, stress hormones, cortisol, psychophysiology

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