Got Stress? You May Be Harming Your Brain

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Spring 2015

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Sturm College of Law


Stress, Acute stress, Chronic stress, Sleep, Meditation, Yoga, Fight-or-flight, Adrenalin, Adrenaline, Glucocorticoids, Cortisol, Blood pressure, Heart rate, Immune response, Memory processor, Neurogenesis, Memory, Concentration, Problem-solving, Language processing, Curiosity, Creativity, Motivation, Neuroplasticity


The human response to stress is to engage the fight-or-flight system ensuring survival. Long-term elevated levels of stress hormones can cause impaired immune response, increased appetite, decreased muscle mass, and increased mood swings, irritability, anxiety, and depression. The impact of stress on cognition includes deterioration in memory, concentration, problem-solving, and language processing. The brain-boosting benefits of exercise, adequate sleep, and restorative practices can rehabilitate the stressed lawyer brain.

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Copyright is held by the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. This magazine article was originally published as Debra S. Austin, Got Stress? You May Be Harming Your Brain, THE COFFEE HOUSE BY THE WYO. TRIAL LAW. ASS'N, Spring 2015 at 6,

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Austin, Debra; Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association


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The Coffee House


Spring 2015

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