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What are the chances of getting brain damage due to stress?

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Dr. Divya Banu M

Published At May 31, 2019
Reviewed AtSeptember 18, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I have been suffering from fatigue for more than two years now. I am a 34-year-old otherwise healthy male, all blood, hormone, vitamin tests have come back perfect. However, it started after a long and intense panic disorder, which lasted for months and almost drove me to suicide. What saved me was a medicine called Clonazepam. It helped immediately. I used it for a month and then tapered off without any side effects. So I was wondering that could prolonged intense stress like that induce some damage to the brain or nervous system which can result in chronic fatigue? If so, what are the things I could try to solve this problem?

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I can understand and empathize you. During a panic attack or any stress, our adrenaline level is so high. This is the hormone for fight and flight and to relieve from this condition, Clonazepam acts as a relaxing agent. This is normal for any person and this medicine cannot affect the brain. Due to chronic stress, our serotonin level goes down so that some medicine maintain that level. No anatomical changes occur during stress in the brain. There is no damage in the nervous system. During depression and stress, fatigue is common. So do not bother about that. Start medicine. You will get relief soon. Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Anil Kumar Kumawat
Dr. Anil Kumar Kumawat

Psychiatry

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