Saturday, November 20, 2021

Revealing the link between child maltreatment, the bonding hormone, and brain development


 News Release 18-Nov-2021
Scientists uncover how child maltreatment alters the oxytocin gene, leading to atypical brain structure and function
Peer-Reviewed Publication
University of Fukui


Child maltreatment, which spans child abuse and neglect, can adversely affect healthy development of the brain. Adults who were abused as kids tend to develop atypical brain structures, which can lead to various psychiatric disorders and even suicide. Fortunately, during and shortly after adolescence, the neocortical regions of the brain (brain regions concerned with thought, perception, and episodic memory) undergo a major reorganization, which provides an opportunity to treat some of the disorders caused by child maltreatment. Is there a biological mechanism that could be effectively targeted during this reorganization to improve the lives of victims of childhood abuse?


 tags: child abuse,

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