2012 AAPB Webinar 3: Especially Bugged By Stress: Development & Treatment
Presented by Charles L. Raison, MD
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This session will commence with an evolutionarily informed discussion of evidence that psychosocial adversity is a primary cause of depression and contributes significantly to the development of many of the most serious chronic medical conditions of the modern world. Following this we will consider why stress is so damaging to emotional and physical health, focusing on evidence that the mammalian stress response evolved to confer protection from the increased risk of tissue trauma/infection that reliably attended most stressors across evolutionary history. As part of this discussion, the talk will provide evidence that our relationships with the microbial world may play important roles in links between social stress and depression. The webinar will conclude with a discussion of how an understanding of immune-neuroendocrine interactions in response to stress points to an array of novel behavioral and somatic treatments for negative emotional states such as anxiety and depression.
At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Describe the role of psychosocial stress in the development of psychiatric and medical disorders;
- Explain Mind-Body mechanisms by which psychosocial stress activates innate immune inflammatory pathways known to promote the development of depressive symptoms and a host of medical morbidities;
- Describe how the structure of neuroendocrine-immune suggests novel behavioral and somatic interventions that might both protect against, and treat, stress related conditions such as major depression;
- Explain how our relationships with the microbial world may contribute to the strong link between stress and depression in the modern world and may provide novel therapeutic interventions.
Prerequisites: None. Advance preparation is not required.
Charles L. Raison, MD is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine and the Janet and Barry Lang Associate Professor of Integrative Mental Health at Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Arizona. The recipient of several teaching awards, Dr. Raison has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Human Services. His research focuses on bi-directional relationships between stress and immune systems, especially as these pertain to depression in the medically ill. His research ranges from immune system effects on central nervous system functioning to the application of compassion meditation as a strategy to reduce inflammatory responses to psychosocial stress. In addition to his academic responsibilities, Dr. Raison is the mental health expert for cnn.com.