The New Valium | Paul Spector, M.D.

July 17, 2014 1:48 AM

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Stress has been identified as a major health hazard. Chronic activation of our stress response dramatically increases the risk of hypertension, atherosclerosis, diabetes, immune suppression, reproductive problems and depression. Not surprisingly, the stress reduction industry is a very big tent. Everything from mindfulness to medication has been thrown at this modern menace. Now power appears to be the answer.

While stressors come in many shapes and sizes they appear to have one thing in common. Stress induces a sense of lack of control. Much of our understanding of this connection stems from the study of dominance hierarchies in social animals. Less control and predictability, and fewer outlets for frust...

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