Chronic stress destroys your brain
A new study has found that chronic stress can create many of the brain changes associated with mood disorders by blocking a gene called neuritin.
Research has shown that mood disorders take a toll on patients’ brains as well as on their lives.
Test results add to a growing body of evidence that implicates stress in the development and progression of mood disorders, and it suggests that compounds mimicking neuritin’s action are another way to treat them, says John Neumaier, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist at the University of Washington, Seattle, who was not involved in the work. “This is a great study, one that uncovers another layer in the biology of depression and antidepressants,” he says. “It opens up a new therapeutic target.”
Eliminate stress however you can. Those looking for a quick fix should know anti-depressants aren’t the answer, providing relief for only 30% of those with mood disorders.