Cortisol – the stress hormone

http://cortisol.com/the-cortisol-stress-connection/#.VIqDvTHF_bY

Small increases of cortisol produce positive effects like improved memory, reduced sensitivity to pain, and increased sustained energy.

http://updates.pain-topics.org/2013/03/stress-brain-chronic-pain.html

The results, reported in the journal Brain, showed that patients with chronic pain generally have higher cortisol levels than healthy individuals.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-12-scientists-zeroing-psychosis-factors.html#ajTabs

During the first phase of a major national study, scientists have uncovered a new cluster of preclinical symptoms linked to a significant increase in the risk that a young person will go on to develop a psychotic illness, including schizophrenia… Among the key findings: Prodromal youth with elevated levels of the and indicators of neuro-inflammation are more likely to become psychotic within a year.

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