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Anxiety, Stress and the HPA Axis

Antidepressants, mood and cortisol

Lena Edwards, MD, internist, Balance Health & Wellness Center, discusses stress and anxiety. Depression and anxiety are directly linked to HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis) and increase in cortisol. SSRIs improve glucocorticoid receptor sensitivity. It is important for doctors to measure and identify abnormal cortisol release states in their patients.

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