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al·lo·sta·sis

(al-ō-stā'sis),
In endocrinology, a chronic state of disordered homeostasis (dyshomestasis) that allows survival of the organism at the expense of its well-being and life expectancy.
[allo + [homeo]stasis]

al·lo·sta·sis

(al-ō-stā'sis)
The process of achieving equilibrium through fluctuating neuroendocrine responses to physical and psychological stressors.
See also: allostatic load
[G. allos, other, + stasis, a standing]

allostasis

(ă-los′-tă-sĭs)
Physiological adaptation to stress.
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When seen as an organizing framework, allostasis and allostatic load may be useful for conceptualizing the general physiological mechanisms that underlie the relationship between excessive physical or psychological stress and mental illness, including and notably depression.
Kapczinski, "Mediators of allostasis and systemic toxicity in bipolar disorder," Physiology & Behavior, vol.
Stress, adaptation, and disease: Allostasis and allostatic load.
The concept of allostasis may also provide a partial explanation for why some people who experience early life stress do not experience subsequent problems with stress response dysregulation.
Protection and damage from acute and chronic stress: allostasis and allostatic overload and relevance to the pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders.
Sleep deprivation as a neurobiologic and physiologic stressor: Allostasis and allostatic load.
Her narrative includes key terms such as allostasis (the body's tendency toward equilibrium), and the presentation of a flow chart of "stress reactivity," which begins with discussion of the initial sensory organs' perceptions of the stressor and concludes with ideas about immune system dysfunction.
McEwen, "Sex, stress and the hippocampus: allostasis, allostaticload and the aging process," Neurobiology of Aging, vol.
230) Bruce McEwen coined the term allostasis to provide a framework for understanding the various ways humans respond to stress.
In order to maintain stable functioning in the face of physical and mental stress, your brain normally mounts a two-stage response through a process called allostasis.