Video by Dr. Dawn Elise Snipes on integrative behavioral health approaches including counseling techniques and skills for improving mental health and reducing mental illness.
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Overview of the
Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP, LMHC
PACER Integrative Behavioral Healthcare
Learn about the HPA-Axis, how it impacts all other major neurotransmitters and hormones and symptoms of imbalance.
What is the HPA-Axis
The HPA-Axis is one of many systems in the body designed to ensure survival.
The HPA-Axis is primarily responsible for the fight or flight reaction
The HPA axis helps regulate many homeostatic systems in the body, including the
The HPA axis integrates physical and psychosocial influences in order to allow an organism to adapt effectively to its environment, use resources, and optimize survival
Overview of the HPA-Axis
Stress causes the secretion of cortisol, adrenaline, norepinephrine, glutamate
Cortisol causes the release of glucose for energy and as a steroid, acts as an anti-inflammatory suppresses the immune system
During an immune or injury response, proinflammatory cytokines are released and pass through the blood brain barrier where they activate the HPA axis
Under conditions of hypocortisolism or glucocorticoid resistance cortisol is unable to suppress inflammation
Adrenaline and norepinephrine tell the pituitary gland to release endorphins
HPA-Axis Dysfunction Related Issues
Pain and inflammation
Post Traumatic Stress
Depression (all types)
Anxiety and Chronic “stress”
Source of the stress
Neurological differences (autism, schizophrenia)
Environment (smell, sounds, light)
The HPA-Axis is crucial for survival in the face of distress
Dysfunction of the HPA-Axis is involved in a variety of physical, affective and cognitive issues
The breakdown in the system will likely continue to get worse even if you do find ways to temporarily mask it.
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