Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Abuse, Females and Testosterone Levels

Trauma, at any age, produces anatomical changes in the brain, and even if those changes do not have an obvious effect on behavior, they can still shape our deepest responses to anxiety.

“A NIMH study (discovered that) abused girls were found to have abnormally high levels of testosterone, increases in immune system abnormalities and abnormal changes in the regulation of heart rate under stress.”

Source: Lui, Aimee. Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Lisa said...

NIMH researchers have determined that abused girls have higher levels of testosterone, initially higher and later lower levels of cortisol, increases in immune system abnormalities, and abnormal changes in the regulation of their heart rate when stressed in the laboratory.

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Blogger Lisa said...

Increased testosterone can lead to polycystic ovary syndrome.

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