We are seeing incredible advances in medical science in recent years: portable MRI machines, cancer treatments (radioligand therapy), sickle cell gene-editing treatment, an Alzheimer blood test, and vaccines. Is a resilience pill next?
Imagine: a simple pill that can increase our resilience. No more struggle with set-backs from uncertainty, mistakes, or failure. Stress would be something we could choose: the how, what, where, when, and why. After all, we know that some stress—eustress—is good for us.
According to The American Institute of Stress, eustress is the experience of a challenging event; it is a mindset that accompanies a challenge. And it helps us develop resilience.
Typically, we become more resilient through life struggles. We adapt and grow. But neuroscience reveals that some of us are a bit more lucky: we’re born with a bit more resilience at the start. For the less fortunate, a pill might just give us the boost we need and level the playing field.
This article and Article Nuggets explore resilience in adult health, new research and understandings, and strategies to build resilience today.
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The complete article includes these important concepts:
- The study
- Understanding resilience
- The research
- Positive outcomes
- Mechanisms of positive adaptation
- Build resilience today
- Resilience strategies
And references to the following sources:
Summer Allen, Ph.D., “Positive Neuroscience,” (Greater Good Science Center, 2019)
Nina Hiebel, Milena Rabe, Katja Maus, Frank Peusquens, Lukas Radbruch, and Franziska Geiser, “Resilience in Adult Health Science Revisited,” (FrontiersIn.org, 2021)
Gary Stix, “Can A Pill That Boosts ‘Resilience’ Treat Depression?” Scientific American, (MountSinai.org, 2018)
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