Early Life Stress

Millions of the people in the United States suffer from painful, debilitating and even fatal anxiety and depression disorders. While there are several treatments available, they don’t work for all patients. And some of them come with side effects that people find as intolerable as their anxiety and depression.

To develop effective new treatments, it is necessary to understand the root cause of psychiatric illnesses. UW–Madison researchers are studying young non-human primates in an effort to understand the differences in brain structure and chemistry in those with moderate anxiety symptoms. This work, funded by the National Institutes of Health, could reveal new targets for therapy.

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