- The American Psychological Association’s yearly APA surveys show between 50 – 58% of Americans report being stressed or very stressed, including 38% of children – since 2005. (APA.org)
- Adverse childhood experiences are common in the US today with over 43% reporting at least 2 or more such experiences (e.g., substance abuse or mental illness in home, verbal, physical or sexual abuse, family member in prison, witnessing domestic violence). (CDC, 2009)
- Almost half of US men and women (48%) have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime (National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 2011).
- More than 1 in 3 individuals report high levels of anxiety which impair functioning, well being and health (Kessler et al., 2005).
- Chronic diseases (e.g. cancer, heart disease, diabetes) and related repeated hospitalizations and treatments also increase stress, trauma and depressed mood and rates of such disease-related stress has increased significantly in recent years.
The Yale Stress Center brings cutting edge interdisciplinary science of stress to bear on developing and testing novel treatments to reverse the destructive effects of stress on integrated brain and body systems and implements these therapies directly in clinical care. Research on new discoveries in understanding the brain-body mechanisms that drive the harmful effects on stress on health, and the resilience factors that enhance brain, body and spiritual aspects of functioning is conducted so novel ways to promote health and wellness may be developed.
The Yale Stress Center provides state-of–the-art clinical services for a variety of stress-related conditions, including high levels of anxiety, depressed mood, anger, loneliness, grief and bereavement, anger, chronic pain, sleep difficulties, stress-related dysfunction in memory, concentration and attention, high food craving, obesity and addictive behaviors.
Empirically validated approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT), mindfulness based approaches, yoga, biofeedback, relaxation breath training, acupuncture, diet and nutrition, exercise and fitness, integrated weight loss, medications and naturopathy for these complaints are offered in group or individual settings.
Integrative approaches to promoting health and wellness, prevention of disease onset and recovery from major illnesses is also addressed.
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