Stress can make you forget things dementia style.

Ok stop! Do you have any idea what your stress is doing to you? Wine down, breathe deep and slow down. I know it is easier said than done sometimes, been there done that.  However a new study shows an alarming relationship between chronic stress and dementia that just might get you thinking.  

Stress has always been known to be one of the main triggers of many conditions that burden the human body, emotional and physical.  Recently though, a study determined that besides all those unhealthy conditions, chronic stress can also enhance the risk of dementia.

A survey conducted by the American Psychological Association on stress determined on a scale of 0-10 the average person ranks their level of stress at a 4.9. Of those who took the survey, 32% said they were experiencing sadness, depression or the feeling of being overwhelmed with their daily life.  Most blamed financial stress as the trigger while others mentioned work, economy, health or family responsibilities.

In order to understand the effects stress has on the brain and its capabilities to function properly, fear anxiety and stress were observed in animals. The study also involved how stress affects the human brain.  The researches where able to find that when exposed to constant chronic stress, the hippocampus, the prefrontal cortex and the amygdala were all impacted negatively.  The amygdala is involved in the regulation of emotions in animals and humans and when affected by chronic stress it becomes overactive.  The prefrontal cortex on the other hand, involved also in emotional and cognition regulation goes less active.

The damage happening inside these particular brain regions have been linked to conditions related to mental health. Depression and dementia are included in this category.  The research gave proof that these particular results only appeared when the person is suffering from chronic stress.  Unfortunately it seems that once the damage is done you cannot go back to fix it.  You can try to slow down the process by becoming aware of what you are doing to yourself and getting help, but you will not be able to get your brain back to how it used to be when the stress began.  So again, back to the beginning, STOP!  Stop doing this to yourself. Stop stressing and start living.