Domestic Abuse Changes Brain
Individuals who have suffered domestic violence show similar brain patterns to veteran soliders exposed to combat violence. That’s according to recent research published in scientific journal, Current Biology.
The study found that the Amygdala in both groups showed similar patterns of heightened activity, when shown photos of angry faces.
This suggests that victims of domestic abuse may have adapted to become ‘hyper-reactive’ to potential threats in their immediate environment.
Risk Factor for Depression
These responses may also indicate neurobiological risk factors, for increased susceptibility in later life for mental illnesses such as depression, and other related anxiety disorders.