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Stress and Autoimmune Disease: the role of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)

Stress can be physical, emotional or psychological. Depending on the pressures you are facing it can have varying effects on your body. When stressful situations occur your body releases stress hormones that give you the ability to fight back to intensify your concentration and your reaction. This process is mediated by the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis.