Q. Are there coping factors to help deal effectively with stress?
Answer By: Dennis S. Charney, M.D.
President for Academic Affairs
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
In their 20 years of treating and studying trauma survivors, Drs. Dennis Charney and Steven Southwick have identified ten common practices in people who have shown resilience in the face of extreme stress.
Maintaining an optimistic but realistic outlook
Facing fear (ability to confront one’s fears)
Reliance upon own inner, moral compass
Turning to religious or spiritual practices
Seeking and accepting social support
Imitation of sturdy role models
Staying physically fit
Staying mentally sharp
Cognitive and emotional flexibility (finding a way to accept that which cannot be changed)
Looking for meaning and opportunity in the midst of adversity