A review of published research has discovered that long-term stress and anxiety can damage areas of the brain that deal with emotional responses and memory. The research suggests that this damage can lead to depression and Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr Linda Mah is the lead author of the review, which was carried out at a research institute affiliated with the University of Toronto. Speaking about the findings, she said the following:
“Pathological anxiety and chronic stress are associated with structural degeneration and impaired functioning of the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex, which may account for the increased risk of developing neuropsychiatric disorders, including depression and dementia.”
The review has been published in journal, Current Opinion in Psychiatry and pulled together findings from numerous recent studies on fear, anxiety and stress in animals as well as clinical studies and brain scans of anxiety and stress in healthy...