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An Introduction to Stress and Health



February 2014 | 496 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"This is a highly entertaining book about a very serious topic. Beautifully written, funny and organized in a way that students and the general public will understand complex notions about stress."
- Sonia Lupien, Director of the Centre for Studies on Human Stress, University of Montreal

"Perfect for my stress and cognition module, accessible and informative, great level of detail."
- James Byron-Daniel, University of the West of England, Bristol

An Introduction to Stress and Health is the first textbook to fuse the psychosocial with newer behavioural neuroscience perspectives. It provides a broad perspective of the multiple biological processes influenced by stressful events, the conditions that allow for either exacerbation or diminution of these stressor effects, and the pathological conditions that can emerge as a result of stressful events.

Anisman systematically reviews the key research over the past 30 years and presents his insights in a lively, interesting pedagogical fashion to allow you to fully appreciate the diversity of the field of stress and its impact on our health. Key features include:
  • A consideration of the value of numerous therapeutic strategies to diminish distress and stress-related pathologies.
  • An exploration of many new conceptual perspectives relevant to stress processes and pathology.
  • Information is presented in an easy-to-read manner with lots of pointers to the key concepts to remember.

An Introduction to Stress and Health is an indispensable text for upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses in health psychology, stress, health and illness.

 
Chapter 1 THE NATURE OF STRESSORS
 
Chapter 2. APPRAISALS, COPING AND WELL-BEING
 
Chapter 3. HORMONAL CHANGES ASSOCIATED WITH STRESSORS
 
Chapter 4. NEUROTRANSMITTER PROCESSES PROMOTED BY STRESSORS
 
Chapter 6. STRESS IMMUNITY AND DISEASE
 
Chapter 7. CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
 
Chapter 8. DEPRESSIVE ILLNESS
 
Chapter 9. ANXIETY DISORDERS
 
Chapter 10. ADDICTION
 
Chapter 11: TRANSMISSION OF TRAUMA ACROSS GENERATIONS
 
Chapter 12. STRESS BUSTING: TREATMENT STRATEGIES
 
Chapter 13. NAVIGATING STIGMA AND SEEKING HEALTH

A remarkably comprehensive, authoritative, informative and thoughtful overview of the subject of stress. It is scientifically sound and accurate, yet full of humor, stories and anecdotes, which exemplify, clarify and simplify complex concepts and information. Stress is one of the most important and influential experiences in the life of every person, constituting a major source of misery and illness. I therefore recommend this book to any intelligent and educated person who wants to understand the nature, mechanisms, and implications of stress, as well as the ways to overcome its potential adverse consequences.

Raz Yirmiya
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

This is a highly entertaining book about a very serious topic. Beautifully written, funny and organized in a way that students and the general public will understand complex notions about stress. If this book doesn’t interest a new generation of students wishing to develop a career in stress research, then no book will!

Sonia Lupien
Director of the Centre for Studies on Human Stress, University of Montreal

This is an easy-to-read, accessible book. I would have no hesitation in recommending this book as a supporting text for any introductory health psychology course, or indeed, to anyone who wants an easy-to-read introductory text about stress and health. The back cover of this book suggests it is aimed at ‘upper-level undergraduates and post-graduate students’. I would agree with that to a point but I think that this book would be good for first year undergraduate students too as an introductory text to the topic area. 

Julie Udell, Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth
Psychology Learning and Teaching

A very in depth book that tells you everything you need to know about stress and its effects on health

Mrs Diane Forrester
Community Studies, Truro College
May 6, 2015

A very clear account, well written

Mrs Michele Ponting
Social Work, PACA Adult Learning
April 28, 2015

A really useful book for teaching the health psychology units

Miss Amy Yorke
Health and Social Care, Warrington Collegiate
February 16, 2015

There is no one set text but I highly recommeding this text for all health psychology students

Dr Mark Roy
Dept of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire
September 25, 2014

I had hoped that the book would have more of a social leaning and it was too medically based for my usage.

Mrs Sue Williams
Institute of Applied Social Studies, Birmingham University
February 17, 2014

This is an important text which highlights that self care is a sorely neglected area. More needs to be done to integrate the topic of stress and health into any teaching curriculum, and this book provides a lively starting point for debate.

Mrs Tina South
My department is not listed, University of West London
February 17, 2014

Perfect for my stress and cognition module, accessible and informative, great level of detail

Dr James Byron-Daniel
Psychology , University of the West of England, Bristol
February 13, 2014

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Chapter 1 The Nature of Stressors


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