Stress and the susceptible brain

Stress and the susceptible brain

Patterns of connections between brain cells could determine vulnerability to stress, depression

By Bethany Brookshire, 16:55 PM June 3, 2014

We all respond to stress in different ways. Some of us work harder. Others drink more or eat our feelings. Sometimes we experience sleep loss, heart palpitations or sweats. When the stress dissipates, many of us go back to our daily lives, none the worse for wear. We are resilient. But some people find that stress is a first step on the way to a major depressive episode.

It’s not quite clear what’s different between people who go back to normal after stress, and those who descend into depressi...

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