Male and Female Brains Respond Differently To Stress

According to a study last year by nueroscientists at the University of Pennsylvania, which used fMRI machines to monitor brain activity while subjects underwent stressful situations, the male and female brains respond dramatically differently to stress.  In men, their ‘fight or flight’ instincts are activated as a result of more blood flow to the left orbitofrontal cortex while women’s limbic systems are activated, which is thought to trigger nuturing, emotional responses.

“In the future, when physicians treat patients — especially depression, PTSD — they need to take this into account that really, gender matters,” Dr. Wang explains.

To view the video of the news report on this study, or read more about the study, please visit Science Daily.

Have these difference effected the way you treat your patients?

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