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Stress exposure and psychiatric disorders

Submission deadline: 15 December 2021
Special Issue Editors
  • Wenhua Zhang
    Institute of Life Science, Nanchang University
    Interests: Chronic stress; Psychiatric disorders; Neural circuits; Synaptic plasticity
  • Ping Hu, MD
    Institute of Translational Medicine, Nanchang University
    Interests: Neuroscience; Stress; Depression; Therapeutic interventions
Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Psychiatric disorders are devastating, complex diseases involving behavioral, emotional, or cognitive dysfunctions. Epidemiological evidence shows that psychiatric disorders including anxiety disorders, major depressive disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, alcohol/drug abuse, dementia and autism, account for about 14% of the global burden of disease. A growing body of literature suggests that extreme or prolonged stress exposure adversely affects brain structure and function and exacerbates the development of virtually all psychiatric diseases. Understanding how stress impairs the affective function of brain to cause mental illnesses represents one of the hot topics in neuroscience and psychiatry. Significant research efforts have been made towards understanding the underlying mechanisms in the last decades. For example, numerous studies have shown that chronic or prolonged stress exposure causes structural and functional of several brain regions including prefrontal cortex, hippocampus and amygdala, which contributes essentially to stress adversities on mood and emotion. However, the underlying molecular and synaptic mechanisms remain largely unknown. 
This special thematic issue will focus on understanding the neuronal mechanisms of stress-related psychiatric disorders, and developing therapeutic interventions for the treatment of psychiatric disorders, we welcome researchers and academicians all around the world to contribute their articles related to this topic.

Prof. Dr. Wenhua Zhang and Prof. Dr. Ping Hu

Guest Editors

Psychiatric disorders
Synaptic plasticity
Signal transduction
Therapeutic interventions
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