According to a new study, ovulating women may be more vulnerable to some psychological side effects associated with stressful experiences. The results suggest a monthly window of opportunity that could potentially be targeted in efforts to prevent common mental health problems developing in women.
Scientists have laid bare a novel molecular mechanism responsible for the major depression symptom, anhedonia, the loss of the ability to experience pleasure. The brain circuit involved in this newly elucidated pathway is largely identical between rodents and humans, upping the odds that the findings point toward new therapies for depression and other disorders. Additionally, opinion leaders hailed the study’s inventive methodology, saying it may offer a much sounder approach to testing new antidepressants.