This election was particularly stressful. More than 50 percent of Americans reported that it was a significant source of stress, and this was true for supporters of both parties. The surprising result certainly stressed many. So, what do we do now?
The stress response is actually crucial for survival. When we get down to the biology of it, we understand that without it an organism will die when it encounters the first challenge in its environment.
Daniela Kaufer is a professor of neuroscience and integrative biology at UC Berkeley.