Stressing Out (Long Term) Affects The Structure Of Your Brain
Speaking of stress, it’s one of the worst things you can do to your brain. In the short term, stress affects your memory and ability to think clearly. When you’re stressed out, you’re more likely to react emotionally rather than logically and may find it difficult to focus. Stress releases a wave of stress hormones that affect how the brain functions. Too much of the hormones can cause serious health problems, including memory loss, anxiety, and depression. Stress has also been found to kill brain cells in rats. Chronic stress takes on toll on the entire body, including the brain. In fact, stress alters the entire structure of your brain. People who experience chronic stress or trauma have abnormal white matter, the part of the brain that contains the cables that carry electrical signals between brain cells. Chronic stress can cause several parts of the brain to shrink, including the parts that help you form memories and regulate emotions.