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BRAIN and CHRONIC STRESS


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ūüďąWhen chronic stress is experienced, the body makes more cortisol than it has a chance to release. This is when cortisol and stress can lead to trouble.

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High levels of cortisol can wear down the brain‚Äôs ability to function properly.ūü§ĮIt can disrupt synapse regulation, resulting in the loss of sociability and the avoidance of interactions with others.

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‚ė†ÔłŹStress can kill brain cells and even reduce the size of the brain.

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‚ĚóÔłŹChronic stress has a shrinking effect on the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain responsible for memory and learning and it can increase the size of the amygdala, which can make the brain more receptive to stress.

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Cortisol is believed to create a domino effect that hard-wires pathways between the hippocampus and amygdala in a way that might create a vicious cycle by creating a brain that becomes predisposed to be in a constant state of fight-or-flight.


‚ĚóÔłŹChronic stress doesn‚Äôt just lead to impaired cognitive function. It can also lead to other significant problems, such as increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Other systems of the body stop working properly too, including the digestive, excretory and reproductive structures.

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‚ö†ÔłŹToxic stress can impair the body‚Äôs immune system and exacerbate any already existing illnesses.


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