MENTAL HEALTH & BRAIN HEALTH
Talking about 'mental health' or even mentioning those words, has always had a stigma attached to them. That is, up until just recently. So a lot has changed over the last 2 years with the onset of Covid-19 in 2020.
Even people who were previously not affected by stress or had very strong, healthy constitutions, have now been affected by the chronic stress. The ongoing news reports, government announcements, restrictions, loss of job, income and constant uncertainty has affected just about every living person in some way.
These three conditions, Stress, Anxiety and Depression are all causes of memory problems, which are explained below.
The Smart Brain Health Centre specialises in Stress, Anxiety and Depression and looks at these conditions more as brain health problems.
Almost any event in life that causes stress can affect our ability to store and recall memories.
If you are under constant stress, you may experience symptoms like memory problems and loss of concentration, as well as headaches, fatigue, difficulty sleeping or recurrent nightmares, irritability, backaches or rapid heartbeat.
Stress is your body's physical reaction to change and involves the 'fight or flight' response activiated by your autonomic nervous system. This controls and stimulates the production of cortisol and adrenaline.
These hormones make the heart beat faster, elevate blood pressure, change the digestive processes and boost glucose levels in the bloodstream to give you the energy needed to 'fight or flight'. When the possible threat has passed, your body system slowly returns to normal.
Mild anxiety can heighten physical and mental alertness, allowing the person to react quickly to threat, avoid injury or escape danger. The automatic 'fight or flight' response produces symptoms such as heart palpitations, sweating and restlessness.
Activity in the frontal lobe of the brain is suppressed, interfering with short-term memory, concentration and rational thought. Anxiety, like stress, can affect our ability to concentrate and it may cause us to panic when we need to remember something but are having difficulty doing so. Anxiety can affect memory at any age.
A person suffering from depression for the first time will likely complain of difficulty in concentrating; overall feelings of fatigue, loss of pleasure and interest in hobbies and friends, difficulty sleeping or oversleeping; early morning awakening; unexplained sadness or weight loss, loss of self-confidence; feelings of worthlessness and recurrent thoughts of suicide.
Depression can make it difficult to concentrate, focus on details and absorb new information. It can also interfere with sleep, and sleep deprivation can compound cognitive problems. Research suggests that long-term depression can lead to a loss of neurons in the hippocampus and amygdala, structures that are important for memory.
The PREVENTION Program is the best option to help you if you are affected by Stress, Anxiety or Depression
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