n African Journal of Psychiatry - Getting back to basics - raising stress literacy : the first step on the path to improving & maintaining mental health - a South African study : patients as partners - brought to you by The South African Depression and Anxiety Group

Volume 16, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1994-8220


Over one hundred years ago the psychologists Robert Yerkes and John Dodson proved the relationship between human arousal (stress) and performance. While the Yerkes-Dodson law has undergone various enhancements over the last century, their basic premise remains intact: namely, that there is an optimum level of arousal where people perform at their best, and other levels where too little or too much stimulation results in lethargy and discontent or overload and breakdown.

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