This is the second in a series on how doctors and their patients cope with stress.
First, we’ll talk about the stress hormone cortisol, and then we’ll look at how doctors can reduce the effect.
It is common to experience feelings of stress when you’re trying to work through a difficult or stressful situation.
But some people who struggle with stress feel they’re unable to function effectively because of their inability to regulate their cortisol levels.
In fact, research suggests that it’s possible for people to be more vulnerable to depression and anxiety if their cortisol level drops below a healthy level.
This article originally appeared in the New Scientist magazine.
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