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Does Stress Cause Psychiatric Illness?

Edited by Carolyn M. Mazure, Ph.D.

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-482-4
  • Item #8482

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Stress continues to play a factor in both the development and exacerbation of psychiatric illnesses. Does Stress Cause Psychiatric Illness? explores this issue by bringing together 20 distinguished contributors, all experts in various psychiatric syndromes.

Scientific yet readable, Does Stress Cause Psychiatric Illness? is a useful guide to clinicians, clinical researchers, and medical students. Each chapter provides new empirical data that relate stress to psychiatric illness and addresses this relationship using up-to-date models. These models:

  • differentiate types of stress
  • account for differential responses to stress
  • account for the interaction of stressors and psychiatric disorders
  • address the neurobiology of stress
  • provide information on illness prevention strategies


  • Contributors. Foreword. Preface. Historical perspective on stress and psychiatric illness. Introduction to a case-control study of life events and other possible psychosocial risk factors for episodes of schizophrenia and major depression. Stress, Dopamine, and schizophrenia: evidence for a stress-diathesis model. Stress and the course of unipolar and bipolar disorders. Relationship of stress to panic disorder: cause or effect? Preventive interventions in the worksite to reduce negative psychiatric consequences of work and family stress.

About the Authors

Carolyn M. Mazure, Ph.D., is Associate Professor for the Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut.

[T]his book is an easy, yet highly educational and well-organized, read. I would recommend this book to anybody interested in the role of stress in mental illness.—American Journal of Psychiatry

[Does Stress Cause Psychiatric Illness?] is particularly valuable since it not only outlines the dimensions and importance of this problem, but details some 15 specific intervention sessions that can be utilized to deal with its prevention and management.—The Newsletter of The American Institute of Stress

Just at the time when the psychiatric sciences are pointing their finger at our DNA, along comes Dr. Mazure's scholarly but quite readable book saying 'halt'. Our interactions with physical, social, and psychological environments can shake a weak foundation and perhaps be the difference between health and disease. Furthermore, for those who are open to the idea that psychiatric illness is more than molecular biology, this book provides much supporting evidence.—Richard J. Wyatt, M.D., Chief, Neuropsychiatry Branch, Department of Health & Human Services, National Institute of Mental Health, Washington, DC

I found the book integrative, scholarly, up-to-date, and of great potential value to clinicians and investigators alike.—Robert M. Post, M.D., Chief, Biological Psychiatry Branch, National Institute of Mental Health

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