Girls’ anxiety can be hereditary

Increased anxiety in young girls may be a consequence of the stress that their mother experienced in the first months after the birth of her daughter, according to American researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Scientists studied data on 570 young people who were born in 1990-1991. It turned out that the stress that a woman experiences in the first months of motherhood can be transmitted to her daughter. In this case, the consequences most often appear after years.

Experts explained that the depression of a young mother provokes her daughter to produce the stress hormone cortisol. In turn, cortisol disrupts the normal communication between the areas of the brain that are responsible for managing emotions. As a result, the consequences are manifested by the age of 14, and at the age of 18, the violation develops into a high degree of anxiety. Scientists did not find such consequences in boys.

event_note April 18, 2021

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