Unpacking the Latest Insights on PTSD, Brain Maturation, and Cognition Genes in Mental Illness – Psych Bytes 2nd Edition

Posted on: March 21, 2023
Last Updated: March 22, 2023

In this short video, Dr Sanil Rege shares key snippets on some of the most intriguing topics in the field, including PTSD and a potential biomarker, the unusual accelerated brain development in adolescents during the pandemic and its significance and the role of specific gene enhancers that may act as a double-edged sword. 

The video covers:  

  • The complex relationship between PTSD and the amygdala a small almond-shaped structure in the brain that plays a fundamental role in processing emotions such as fear and anxiety. We uncover how some individuals may be more vulnerable to experiencing PTSD. 
  • Recent studies have found that adolescents experienced accelerated brain maturation during the pandemic, which could have positive and negative effects. On the one hand, it could lead to improved cognitive abilities and better decision-making skills. On the other hand, it could also increase the risk of mental illness, particularly in those who are already predisposed.
  • Finally, we investigate the fascinating topic of human cognition gene enhancers, which are a double-edged sword. On the one hand, these genes can contribute to advanced cognitive abilities, such as memory and problem-solving skills. On the other hand, they can also increase the risk of developing mental illnesses.