HOW STRESS AFFECTS THE BRAIN

It’s widely known that chronic stress can affect the mind and body in ways that can increase irritability, fatigue, and insomnia, as well as exacerbate health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and gastrointestinal problems. Studies also show that even minor levels of stress can increase the risk of developing chronic disease. Recently, new research that looked into the effect of stress on the brain revealed that people with high levels of “cortisol” (the “stress hormone”) had much poorer memory than those with normal cortisol levels. The study also showed that those with high cortisol levels tended to have lower total brain volumes. This information should lead those suffering from chronic stress to seek help.
You should seek help right away if you have suicidal thoughts, are overwhelmed, feel you cannot cope with stress, or are using drugs or alcohol to cope with stress. We welcome people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Our staff includes 90 trained and experienced doctors, nurses, counselors, therapists and support staff. Call one of our offices today to schedule an appointment.

P.S. Chronic stress can interfere with sleep patterns, appetite, and libido.