Sensory processing and epigenetics

My master’s thesis explored the effectiveness of Sensory Integration as an Occupational Therapy intervention. I am particularly interested in the ways that people control their own responses to stress. For example, someone may be described as an “adrenalin junkie” because they enjoy fast-paced activities such as motor-sports or roller-coasters. Personally, roller-coasters have often made me feel uneasy and I never enjoyed the anxiety-provoking wait in the queue. Paradoxically, I’ve always enjoyed go-karting and paint-balling.

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The Epidemiology of Stress

It is clear that chronic stress and anxiety have enormous costs, both personal and economic. To address these costs, we need to get better at identifying the signs, symptoms and severity of stress (adaptive to pathologic), helping people understand and manage stress at the individual level, and identifying and actioning new pathways to treatment.

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