Stress and autoimmunity

Immunol Allergy Clin North Am. 2011 Feb;31(1):1-18. doi: 10.1016/j.iac.2010.09.004.


Stress reduction interventions can have a positive therapeutic effect in autoimmune disease patients. Physicians and patients must recognize the potential for stress to impact autoimmune diseases and how stress management should be considered in a multidimensional treatment approach. This article evaluates the effects of stress as a trigger and a modulator, and stress reduction as a treatment option in rheumatoid arthritis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid* / immunology
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid* / psychology
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid* / therapy
  • Autoimmunity*
  • Humans
  • Neurosecretory Systems / physiopathology
  • Social Support
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / immunology
  • Stress Disorders, Traumatic / immunology
  • Stress, Psychological*