Previous studies have shown that chronic stress can damage the brain. It can exacerbate pre-existing medical conditions, cause foggy-memory and even increase the risk of certain behavioral health issues.

Now, recent findings published in the journal Rubin show that chronic stress can actually be linked to permanent brain damage, increasing the risk of certain mental health problems, such as schizophrenia.

Lead study author Georg Juckel, MD, PhD, and researchers at LWL University clinic at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, examined certain types of phagoctyes, particularly microglia.

These phagocytes normally help to repair synapses between nerve cells in the brain as well as stimulate their growth, activation of microglia that nerve cells and trigger inflammation.

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