The Journal of Neuroscience features a study which suggests that episodes of severe stress and worrying are enough to kill off new neurons in the brain .
“The researchers found that in young rats, the stress of encountering aggressive, older rats did not stop the generation of new nerve cells in the hippocampus.
However, it did prevent the cells from surviving – leaving fewer new neurons for processing feelings and emotions.”
This may have implications for the understanding and treatment of depression, as stress and depression are highly correlated.
Read the full BBC article here.
Posted by: Eleanor