Posted August 08, 2019 07:15:38 The brains of teenage girls are so different from that of their older peers, that it’s a wonder we’re still in the age of puberty.
As young women, we’re much more prone to depression and anxiety, according to a new study, published in the journal Current Biology.
It’s an issue that’s been a topic of debate in the field of neuroscience for years.
But the results of this new study add some insight into why.
When we are in our twenties, we start to experience more anxiety and depression than we do at the end of our 20s, the researchers report.
Our brains are very different from those of our peers, the scientists argue, which means that our brain’s development is stunted.
So the brain is still developing in ways that are beneficial to the rest of us.
But as we get older, the differences between the brains of our teenage and adult peers become starker, the study found.
The researchers say this is because we start our brain on a much higher metabolic level.
For example, if a young person’s brain is making too much insulin, they may not be able to cope with a stressful life event, the report found.
That could lead to depression, as well as anxiety and stress, in adulthood.
Scientists don’t yet know why young girls are more vulnerable to these mental health issues.
One possibility is that the brains that are affected by puberty are much larger and are more connected to the developing brain, which is easier to understand, the team writes in the study.
But others argue that these differences could be the result of hormones that have been in the womb all along.
“I think this is really an exciting result because it indicates that puberty is really a developmental process and we need to pay attention to how our brains are developing,” said Elizabeth Stoltenberg, a psychiatrist and professor at New York University.
“The way that we deal with this is a critical issue for mental health in our society.”
The study’s findings have some researchers speculating that there could be some sort of connection between puberty and mental health problems, but they don’t explain why girls with mental health disorders are more likely to get depression, or what they could mean for the future of puberty studies.
However, it’s not just teenagers with mental illness who are affected.
The researchers also looked at the brains and brains of boys, and found that they are less developed than girls.
One of the researchers, Dr. Susanne Lüthi, a neuroscientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, told Science magazine that this study confirms what many of us have been wondering about puberty: why does it affect girls differently from boys?
“If you look at the whole human brain, girls have more developmental brain differences compared to boys, but these differences disappear after puberty,” she said.
Dr. Lühsi believes that puberty could be contributing to the differences in brains of girls.
“The reason why girls have different brain development compared to males is due to hormones, and the hormones that they have are different from boys,” she told Science.
She also noted that hormones are thought to affect brain development in part by affecting the amount of oxygen a brain can store.
This may explain why boys with more male hormones tend to have more anxiety, while girls with more female hormones tend not to have anxiety.