MEDIA ADVISORY: Stress: The Holiday Season’s Unwelcome Companion

Scientists are cataloguing an ever-growing list of ills caused by stress, a condition exacerbated by economic uncertainty and pressures of the holiday season. Yale University boasts world leaders in understanding stress, how it impacts our lives, and what we can do about it.

The following is a selection of Yale’s experts available for comment:
Douglas Mennin, a psychologist and director of Anxiety and Mood Services at Yale, says worry has become a pervasive problem in today’s world.

Steven Southwick, professor of psychiatry, is an expert on resilience, or why some people seem to be able to withstand the negative effects of abuse and trauma.

Carolyn Mazure, director of Women’s Health Research at Yale, has done groundbreaking research on why stress leads to depression in women more often than men.

Rajita Sinha, a clinical neuroscientist, is head of Yale Stress Center, which conducts interdisciplinary research into the human response to stress, including its role in addiction.

Amy Arnsten, professor of neurobiology, is one of the world’s leading experts on the damage stress causes to the prefrontal cortex and its effect on impulse control.

Ronald Duman, professor of psychiatry and pharmacology, is an expert on the neurobiology of stress and the effects of antidepressants.

Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, a professor of psychology and author of the book Power of Women (to be published in early January), says that women face more stress, but are better equipped to cope with it than men.

For contact information on these and other experts at Yale contact: Bill Hathaway 203-432-1322 or

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