Stress and antisocial behavior

The serotonin system

Authored by: Jamie C. Vaske , Danielle L. Boisvert

The Routledge International Handbook of Biosocial Criminology

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415722131
eBook ISBN: 9781315858449
Adobe ISBN: 9781317936749


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Stress can serve an adaptive purpose in one’s life. Stress, in small to moderate doses, can motivate individuals to act or to make changes in their environment or themselves. Severe or chronic stressors, however, can lead to depression, health problems, and risky behavior. The negative consequences of stress are not only personally costly, but are also costly to society. It has been estimated that stress-related mental and physical disorders cost approximately $42 billion dollars per year, mostly due to health care costs associated with diagnosing and treating these disorders (Kalia, 2002). The prevalence of stress-related disorders and the costs associated with such disorders are expected to rise over the next decade, making stress one of the leading health concerns for practitioners and researchers.

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