Stress gives brain the blues
June 26, 2012 |
The last thing I need when I’m stressed is for parts of my brain to stop working! But that’s the worrying finding from a group of scientists exploring the link between stress and depression. The team discovered that chronic stress can make your brain lose its ‘plasticity’ – its ability to reorganise and reshape itself to make new connections.
Fortunately, the scientists also worked out a way of helping stressed brains to recover and keep their ordinary, healthy functions. They hope their research will lead to new approaches for treating people with depression.
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