Why Does Chronic Stress Hurt Your Memory?

Hi guys-  This post is a picture from our Instagram account.  I often post short health/wellness tidbits there, but because stress affects so many of us, I wanted to post this here too. If you’ve ever been under a lot of stress, you might’ve discovered that you don’t remember things as well.  Your job performance or grades might’ve suffered as a result. Chronic stress is linked to a lot of things, like depression, poor sleep, anxiety, etc… all of which can cause memory problems. The mechanism is the same, and I talk about this in my book, Food and Mood, which specifically discusses the theory of how chronic stress leads to depression.  That said, the reason chronic stress causes memory issues is that it actually disrupts a key component of our brain involved in memory- and we can actually SEE this on brain scans:

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