The Role of Cortisol in Depression

People with depression tend to have reduced measures of serotonin in the brain and elevated levels of cortisol in their bloodstream. Because cortisol is related to stress, implementing a stress-management lifestyle may be an important aspect of coping with your depression. Understanding Cortisol Cortisol is an important hormone produced by the adrenal glands, the small endocrine glands that sit on top of our kidneys. It is secreted by the body in response to stress and is one of the hormones involved in the fight or flight response. Cortisol plays an important role in everything from how the body uses glucose (sugar), to the regulation of blood pressure, to the function of the immune system. In the short run, cortisol secretion has many benefits. It prepares you for physical and emotional [...]