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Anxiety and depression - bad for your brain?

Posted Oct 22 2008 6:16pm

We've all heard that anxiety and depression can be harmful to your health. Now there's evidence that they might be harmful to your brain:

People who are often stressed out or depressed are far more likely to develop memory problems than those with sunnier dispositions, U.S. researchers said on Monday in a finding that sheds light on early predictors of Alzheimer’s disease.

They said those who most often are anxious or depressed were 40 times more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment, a form of memory loss that is often a transitional stage between normal aging and dementia.

“Not only are these individuals losing cognition, but they are showing many of the changes in the brain that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Robert Wilson of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

...The latest research suggests that chronic stress may harm parts of the brain responsible for responding to stress — an area that is also associated with memory...

All the more reason to take a stand against your anxiety and depression.
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