- George Fink, Director, Mental Health Research Institute, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
Stress is a universal phenomenon that impacts adversely on most people. This volume provides a readily accessible compendium that explains the phenomenon of stress, the neural, endocrine and molecular mechanisms involved, the clinical effects, and the impact on individuals and society. Clinical attention focuses on disorders of the stress control system (e.g. Cushingâs Syndrome: Addisonâs Disease) and the adverse impact of stress on human physical and mental health . Detailed reviews address disorders such as PTSD, anxiety, major depression, psychoses and related disorders such as combat fatigue and burnout. The work covers interactions between stress and neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimerâs disease and Parkinsonâs disease, as well as stress-immune-inflammatory interactions in relation to cancer and autoimmune and viral diseases. Emphasis is also placed on the role of stress in obesity, hypertension, diabetes type II and other features of the metabolic syndrome which has now reached epidemic proportions in the USA and other countries.
Clinical endocrinologists and neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, graduates/advanced undergraduates in medicine and psychology, and basic/clinical researchers in neuroendocrinology, neuropharmacology, immunology, molecular biology, and genetics.