Hypocortisolism and Stress

C. M. Heim, U. M. Nater

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Increasing evidence suggests that the adrenal gland can be hypoactive in stress-related states. This counterintuitive phenomenon has been observed after developmental, traumatic, and chronic stress, as well as in stress-related psychiatric disorders and functional somatic syndromes. The mechanisms of hypocortisolism, its contributions to disease vulnerability, and implications for intervention are discussed. © 2007

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Stress
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780123739476
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience(all)


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