Depression is causing your Brain Size to Shrink

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Aug 14, 2012

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Depression is causing your Brain Size to Shrink

You may like to whisk your days away inflicting pain unto yourself, depressed and low. Your brain may not like it all that well, that is what a recent study says.


According to the study severe depression or chronic stress can cause your brain to shrink and lead to emotional and cognitive impairment. The research study published in the journal Nature Medicine, shows that the genetic switch known as a transcription factor represses the expression of several genes that are necessary for the formation of synaptic connections between brain cells. This in turn could contribute to loss of brain mass in the prefrontal cortex of the brain.


Also, the brains of the patients in depression showed lower levels of expression in genes that are required for function and structure of brain synapses.


So, don’t worry and be happy.


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