Stress

Stress is a normal physical response to every day events that make a person feel worried or upset his or her normal balance in some way. 

Programs + Services


Primary Care

Find a Primary Care Physician near you. With offices in Boston, Framingham, Quincy and Wellesley, our doctors offer health evaluations and management.
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General Adult Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Program

Tufts MC Psychiatry in Boston offers general psychiatry and psychotherapy to provide evaluation and therapy for the full range of mental health problems.
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Doctors + Care Team

Paul Summergrad, MD

Paul Summergrad, MD

Virtual Appointments Available

Title(s): Psychiatrist-in-Chief; Dr. Frances S. Arkin Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Psychiatry
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5773
Fax #: 617-636-8442

Medical psychiatry, mood and anxiety disorders, geriatric psychiatry, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, clinical, organizational, executive and forensic consultations

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David A. Adler, MD

David A. Adler, MD

Title(s): Senior Psychiatrist; Director, Mental Health Services Research Group; Senior Scientist, The Center for Health Solutions; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Psychiatry
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5731
Fax #: 617-636-4852

Individual and couples psychotherapy, mental health services research, education, treatment of mood and personality disorders, business executive evaluation, consultation and treatment, primary care psychiatry

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Manuel N. Pacheco, MD

Manuel N. Pacheco, MD

Title(s): Chief, Consultation/Liaison Service; Chief, Emergency Service; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine; Adjunct Lecturer, Boston University School of Medicine
Department(s): Psychiatry
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5731
Fax #: 617-636-4852

Consultation psychiatry, medical psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, disaster psychiatry, capacity evaluation, ethics consultation, drug interactions

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Nassir Ghaemi, MD, MPH

Nassir Ghaemi, MD, MPH

Title(s): Attending Psychiatrist; Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Psychiatry
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5766
Fax #: 617-636-4852

Adult psychiatry

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Research + Clinical Trials


Sperm miRNAs 449a/b and 34b/c as Potential Mediators of the Transgenerational Effects of Stress in Men

The goal of this research project is to test the hypothesis that the effects of both positive and negative lifetime experiences of men can be transmitted to their offspring through a specific biochemical change in their sperm, that may also be detectable in their saliva.  Thus, we will ask you and your father to fill out a set of short surveys about your positive (resilience building) and negative (early life and adult exposures to severe stress) experiences. We will also ask you to fill out a set of short surveys on your recent mental health, and we will perform biochemical tests on samples of your sperm and saliva. Finally, because there is some evidence that female offspring are affected differently than their male siblings by their father’s experiences, if you have a sister willing to participate, we will ask her to fill out a similar set of short surveys.    


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