Brain Alterations May Help Explain Why Some Kids are More Resilient

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[Source:  Psych Central]

A new study sheds light on the mystery of why some children are more vulnerable to the effects of maltreatment — a major risk factor for psychiatric complications including anxiety, depression, addiction and suicide — and others seem more resilient.

Researchers at McLean Hospital of Harvard Medical School found that while many young adults with a history of child abuse exhibit brain network abnormalities, those who do not go on to develop psychiatric symptoms actually show more alterations.

The findings, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, suggest these additional changes may help compensate for the effects of maltreatment.

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