Family Problems Early In Life May Raise Boys’ Risk Of Depression, Anxiety

HealthDay (8/18, Preidt) reports, “Family problems early in life might raise boys’ risk of depression and anxiety, which is also tied to altered brain structure in their late teens and” into early adulthood, according to a study published online Aug. 17 in JAMA Pediatrics. The study, which “included nearly 500 males, ages 18 to 21,” found that “those boys who faced family problems during” the years from birth to age six “were more likely to have depression and anxiety at ages seven, 10 and 13.” Such boys “were more likely to have lower volume of…’gray matter’ in the brain by the time they reached ages 18 to 21.”

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— “Family Struggles May Affect Boys’ Brain Development,” Robert Preidt, HealthDay, August 17, 2015.

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