How Your Brain Copes With Stress

Stress manifests itself in our lives in a variety of ways, from financial concerns to health concerns, and leaves us irritable and grumpy. Over time, high levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), can begin to impact our physical, emotional, and even mental health. However, it’s during times of stress we adopt an attitude of resiliency, but how exactly does the brain help us cope? Researchers have discovered our adaptive strategies to stressful situations originate from structural changes in the brain. Published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the study found adult rats with disruptions in their social hierarchy produced far fewer neurons in the hippocampus — the part of the brain responsible for certain types of memory and stress regulation — but they reacted to the disruption by seeking the company of familiar rats. This shows…

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