New book on stress-research entitled:


Understanding STRESS – the good, the bad, the hidden

In recent years, there has been a whole new understanding of what stress is. This book is a summary of this knowledge that outlines the medical, psychological and workplace aspects of stress. It deals with many myths and presents the latest research in a way that is easy to understand.


The book describes when and how stress can be harmful – so-called toxic stress – and summarizes new and old methods of prevention and treatment. Toxic stress may be triggered by both physical and psychosocial trauma.


It also describes positive stress, which can be beneficial in both the short and long term.


New research has revealed what happens to our brain when we are being subjected to harmful stress. This knowledge presents new ways of treating and preventing stress for the individual, for stress therapists, and for society.


The book also describes how stress –good and bad – is an example of the close biological relationship between our minds and our physical bodies. This relationship is not only governed by hormones and inherited animal patterns but is also highly related to social learning, thought and our individual reality.

Early 2018, my book was launched on Amazon entitled:

Table of contents for the book can be seen below

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Table of contents


A. Challenges in the research of stress 

B. Different perspectives on stress are necessary 

C. Presentation of the individual chapters 

D. References and background information  

Chapter 1. Triggers of acute potentially harmful stress 

A. Acute physical trauma stress response  

B. The social threat response  

Chapter 2. Positive stress 

A. Normal upregulation of the body functions during high physical activity 

B. The flight-or-fight stress response 

C. The challenge response  

D. The tend-and-befriend response 

Chapter 3. Load-related stress 

A. Impact of intensive physical activity on health  

B. Impact of excessive work strain  

C. Impact of sleep deprivation  

D. Impact of pregnancy 

Chapter 4. Causes and occurrence of toxic stress 

A. Toxic stress triggered by early life adversities 

B. Toxic stress triggered by life-threatening physical diseases 

C. Toxic stress triggered by hostility and interpersonal conflicts 

D. Toxic stress triggered by physical trauma

Chapter 5. Understanding the normal brain  

A. The human brain  

B. The capacity of the brain for logical rationality 

C. Social intelligence in normal people  

Chapter 6. Physical consequences of toxic stress 

A. Does toxic stress influence our ageing? 

B. Does toxic stress influence our metabolism and body weight? 

C. How and when does toxic stress mediate cardiovascular diseases? 

D. Is blood coagulation involved in stress-induced cardiovascular diseases? 

E. How does toxic stress influence the immune system? 

F. What is the stress-induced impact on diseases? 

Chapter 7. Mental consequences of toxic stress 

A. Challenges in the research of toxic stress

B. What are the general stress reaction patterns in humans and animals? 

C. Reality skew during acute stress 

D. Memory and cognition during stress 

E. Chronic reactions to trauma and toxic stress 

F. Hidden stress 

G. What are the mechanisms of toxic stress in children?


I. What is the relationship between stress and mental illness? 

J. Summary of mechanisms and model of stress generation  

Chapter 8. Prevention and treatment of toxic stress 

A. Toxic stress as a disease  

B. What are the needs in the treatment of toxic stress syndrome? 

C. The history of stress treatments 

D. What are the options for treatment of toxic stress syndrome? 

E. Stress treatments associated with physical diseases 

F. Conclusions: Integrated treatment model for toxic stress syndrome  

G. Discussion  

Reference list