How Fear Impacts Your Health

Increases Hormone Levels

Pursuit, University Of Melbourne
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The adrenal gland increases hormone levels of catecholamines, which are mostly made up of epinephrine and norepinephrine. Other hormones such as cortisol, estrogen, and testosterone are also released to augment strength and mobility. Neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin help activate mental acuity and augment thought processes. The fight-or-flight response is so powerful that mothers have been known to lift cars weighing two tons or more to recuse their children from traumatic accidents. It is generally safe for these hormone levels to be increased temporarily in healthy individuals. However, when these hormone levels are constantly being increased, they can have a very traumatic effect on long-term health.

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