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Offline NeurosisOsmosis

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Will being stressed out damage my hippocampus?
« on: February 12, 2014, 04:46:44 PM »
I've read that chronic stress can damage your hippocampus. I'm pretty much stressed out all the time. Does this mean my ability to learn is now hampered, because I've damaged my hippocampus?
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Re: Will being stressed out damage my hippocampus?
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2014, 05:11:23 PM »
I highly doubt it, just from glancing at the studies.  Remember people often relearn to speak after traumatic brain injuries and events like strokes, where significant damage has been done.  The damage done by stress would be far less in comparison, and any "recovery" would be much simpler.
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Re: Will being stressed out damage my hippocampus?
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2014, 05:56:16 PM »
Well, if that's the case, I guess all of our hippocampuses are damaged!

I wouldn't stress out about that too much; you're just adding more unnecessary worries to your list.
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Re: Will being stressed out damage my hippocampus?
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2014, 06:10:43 PM »
Well, if that's the case, I guess all of our hippocampuses are damaged!

This!

You study medicine? If not, why do you read those stupid articles? Stop Googling...
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Re: Will being stressed out damage my hippocampus?
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2014, 06:57:04 PM »
Well yeah, maybe a ton of people HAVE damaged their hippocampus due to stress. It's just such a subtle change over time that you just don't notice it.

I don't study medicine, but I'm not going to deprive myself of information. If I have brain damage, I want to know that I have brain damage.
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Re: Will being stressed out damage my hippocampus?
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2014, 07:16:40 PM »
You are now stressing because you think your hippocampus is permanently damaged by stress. You see how pointless that is?
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Re: Will being stressed out damage my hippocampus?
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2014, 08:09:54 PM »
Yeah, I guess you're right. There's nothing I can really do about it though. I know if I think something is wrong with me I'm going to Google. I can't stop myself.
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