Stress Changes Our Brains

Your cells are different because of the stress in your life

There have been some really interesting developments in terms of stress on the brain lately. Not only have we learned that stress changes the actual cellular makeup of the brain, but in female rodents some social interaction will actually help reverse the effects of the stress. If true in humans, this confirms that friendship is an important part of health, although it did not appear to be the same for male mice.

Doctors have long said that some stresses, or even some types of stress, are good for us, but too much can take its toll. We know that it can contribute to heart problems, sleep issues, ulcers and many other conditions. Given that our ancestors worked so hard to make our lives less stressful you'd think we'd have it figured out by now!

Do you think stress has changed you as a person? What do you do to combat stress?



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