A mother’s criticism strikes nerve - Harvard University Gazette

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    A mother's criticism strikes nerve - Harvard University Gazette

    Formerly depressed women show patterns of brain activity when they are criticized by their mothers that are distinctly different from the patterns shown by never-depressed controls, according to a new study from Harvard University. The participants reported being completely well and fully recovered, yet their neural activity resembled that which has been observed in depressed individuals in other studies.

    We found that even though our formerly depressed participants were fully well, had no symptoms, and felt fine, different things were happening in their brains when they were exposed to personal criticism, says Hooley. What's interesting to us about these findings is that although these women were fully recovered, at the level of the brain they were not back to normal.
     
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