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Is There a Link Between Stress and Depression?

Link between Depression and Stress(NewsUSA) - According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 25 percent of the population suffers from some form of depression.

Some say depression is genetic. Others say it's a chemical imbalance. While the causes of depression are not clear for everyone, medical evidence shows that stress or significant changes in your life may be linked to depression.

"When under stress, the body's metabolism, blood pressure and circulation are disrupted. Immunity and resistance are drastically reduced. Performance suffers," said Dr. Shawn Mueller, a naturopathy specialist in Fort Myers, Fla. "In short, stress undermines health and destroys well-being."

Researchers at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia have found that rats repeatedly exposed to the stress hormone corticosterone show more depression-like behavior and greater signs of anxiety. The findings, which appeared in the December 2004 issue of Behavioral Neuroscience, cite medical evidence that depression can stem from the body's overproduction of "stress" hormones, cortisol in humans and corticosterone in rats.

Cortisol, the "stress hormone," plays an important role in regulating metabolism and maintaining blood pressure. But high amounts of stress can disrupt the body's normal cortisol levels, which could affect the body's immune system and energy level.

Some all-natural products on the market, such as Vital StressX, available from, may be beneficial in controlling the production of excess amounts of cortisol in your body. Vital StressX contains a combination of seven herbs, first discovered by the Soviet Academy of Sciences.

According to, these herbs, known as adaptogens, help your body adapt to stressful conditions, boost energy and endurance and help keep your immune system at its best.

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