The Effects of Stress on the Brain

Effects of Stress / February 16, 2016

The effects of stress on the brain can be devastating. Research has proven that people who suffer from chronic stress can have devastating changes in the brain, triggering long-term changes in the brain structure and function. Exposure to chronic stress early in life can cause mental problems later in life by manifestations of anxiety, mood disorders, as well as learning difficulties.

Stress can cause the brain structure to deteriorate by increasing the volume of gray matter versus white matter. Prolonged stress in the body can trigger stem cells to malfunction by creating a domino effect that will affect the hippocampus and amygdala in a way which creates a vicious cycle, predisposing the brain to be in constant state of fight-or-flight. This causes the brain to turn stem cells into cells that inhibit connections with the prefrontal cortex which blocks learning and memory function, increasing the risk of anxiety, depression, and PTSD disorder.

Stress can affect the brain by causing chemical changes that can cause irritability or impair memory and understanding. Chronic stress can also shrink the brain by reducing the volume of gray matter in regions associated with emotions and self-control. It can also kill brain cells associated with learning, memory and emotion. Finally, it can disrupt memory by triggering the brain’s threat response which can have an effect of restricting our ability to take on information.

Neurofeedback training can reduce the effects of stress on the brain by reading electrical impulses from sensors placed on the scalp, which will give back the brain important information about itself. This information that the brain receives allows it to self-correct, which brings the user a better mental state of balance through optimized nervous system functioning. Energy Wellness DFW specializes in relieving the symptoms of stress by conducting a very detailed consultation to provide the client with the best solution to relieve the symptoms in the areas of concern.

To learn more about NeurOptimal brain training and how it can relieve the effects of stress on the brain, contact our specialist at Energy Wellness DFW at (214) 460-1212 or