Does chronic stress cause chronic disease, and, if so, what can we do about it? The first aspect of answering this question is to understand the discrete and predictable molecular and pathophysiological impacts of distress, anxiety, depression and mental outlook. Armed with this understanding, the importance of assessing the nature of the stress, its duration and severity, and whether there are windows of vulnerability over an individual’s lifespan will provide additional clarity to the role of stress in creating and perpetuating illness.

Learn more about how to diagnose, discuss and treat stress in the 2015 Integrative Healthcare Symposium recorded presentation, Chronic Stress: Tracing the Thread That Unravels Health.