Glucocorticoids, depression, mood disorders: structural remodeling in the brain
While we’re on the subject of stress, it is well known that chronic stress shrinks certain regions of the brain.
This study adds that, in chronic stress we see atrophy of the hippocampus, but also an enlargement of the amygdala, resulting in increased anxiety and aggression. I know that stress reduction is important, but sometimes I forget just how much of a negative impact it has on our health.
Articles such as these two really slam home just how devastating chronic stress it. So, take a deep breath. Inhale slowly….