Are there ways to alleviate stress before the damage is done to the melanocortin circuit you speak about?

Robert C. Malenka, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on anxiety

There are many, many ways to alleviate stress but the particular approaches an individual takes can vary. It is important to identify and, as much as possible, understand the sources of the stress. Then, perhaps with the help of a professional therapist, take whatever steps are possible to eliminate or at least reduce these sources. Perhaps there are professional, relationship, or financial problems that can be addressed. Of course, it is frequently not possible to eliminate stress from our lives, and additional strategies are helpful such as exercise, meditation, or changes in lifestyle (e.g., making more time for enjoyable, relaxing activities, changing eating habits). It is important to remember that there is no simple solution to alleviating stress. It will take motivation and developing a multi-step plan.


Robert C. Malenka, M.D., Ph.D.
Scientific Council Member
1990, 1992 and 2007 NARSAD Grantee
2010 Goldman-Rakic Prize for Outstanding Achievement
in Cognitive Neuroscience
Pritzker Professor in Psychiatry and Behavorial Sciences
Stanford University School of Medicine