According to research leader André Marquand, scientists can see the impact of events up to 25 years ago in the brain.
“And perhaps most importantly, it can help us predict who is more likely to develop mental disorders.”
Since researchers now know how the brain normally reacts to setbacks, they can also see when a reaction goes awry. “And we saw that such an abnormal pattern was associated with symptoms of anxiety.” Such complaints play an important role in many mental disorders.
The scientists published their findings in normal genetics. They expect that they can contribute to the early detection of mental disorders. Healthcare providers can then treat patients earlier and better.
But we’re not there yet. More research is needed first.