Friday , November 24 2017

Traumatic stress affects brains of boys and girls in a different way

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Have you ever wondered whether different genders cope with stress differently ? According to a new brain research at the Stanford University School of Medicine. it has been found that boys and girls process feelings after a trauma differently. the area responsible for detecting emotions in their brains , insula, is affected in a different way. Victor Carrion, MD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford the study is of great importance because this will help scientists determine the different symptoms accompanied by trauma in both genders.

When females were traumatized they tended to avoid places that reminded them of the stressful situations and they suffered from many consequences like social anxiety and irregular sleep patterns , unlike males who weren’t as affected by the same severity.

“It is important that people who work with traumatized youth consider the sex differences,” said Megan Klabunde, PhD, the study’s lead author and an instructor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. “Our findings suggest it is possible that boys and girls could exhibit different trauma symptoms and that they might benefit from different approaches to treatment.”

The insula, undergoes a lot of changes during the different stages of growing up , its volume gets bigger as a person grows older in age. Therefore, the results of the study clarify that traumatic stress might contribute to accelerated cortical aging of the insula in girls.In addition some studies claim that stress could add to the early signs of puberty in females. This study will help other scientists to determine the types of medications that each person need according to gender differences. these differences may contribute to the responsiveness to the treatment .

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To be able to grasp the idea of the results in a more clear way, the researchers mentioned that its crucial to conduct longitudinal studies following traumatized young people of genders over a long period of time to benefit more from the study results in the field of trauma and stress treatment .

This extensive research , alongside with the studies conducted with control groups of different participants from both genders is a great contribution of Stanford Medicine’s focus on the importance of health issues, which main and primary target is to diagnose and predict different types of diseases and to find methods on how to prevent and control them efficiently.

Traumatic stress affects brains of boys and girls in a different way

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