How stress affects your brain – Madhumita Murgia
Stress isn’t always a bad thing; it can be handy for a burst of extra energy and focus, like when you’re playing a competitive sport or have to speak in public. But when it’s continuous, it actually begins to change your brain. Madhumita Murgia shows how chronic stress can affect brain size, its structure, and how it functions, right down to the level of your genes.
Have you ever worn a cowboy hat or boots? Ever ordered barbeque at a restaurant or hickory smoked some ribs “low and slow’ on your own? Cowboy hats didn’t originate in Texas and barbeque didn’t come from the South. All of these things and so many more originated from Latin, Spanish and Hispanic cultures in other countries. We celebrate that in today’s episode with a powerful and poignant leader who’s a proud Colombian American. Michelle Vargas is Director of the Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition at Mental Health America of Ohio.
We lift up this month for other vital reasons as too many Hispanic Ohioans and Americans don’t have access to mental health services and there’s a disproportionate number of young Hispanics, especially, reporting suicidal ideation and attempts. Michelle also discusses different stigmas and stereotypical challenges these cultures face plus how to address these challenges through empathy, awareness and kindness.