Gender-specific effects of social housing on chronic stress-induced limbic Fos expression.

  title={Gender-specific effects of social housing on chronic stress-induced limbic Fos expression.},
  author={Christel Westenbroek and Johan A. den Boer and Gert J. ter Horst},
  volume={121 1},
Stress plays an important role in the development of affective disorders. Women show a higher prevalence for these disorders then men. The course of a depressive episode is thought to be positively influenced by social support. We have used a chronic mild stress model in which rats received footshocks daily for 3 weeks. Since rats are social animals we hypothesised that social housing, as a possible model for human social support, might reduce the adverse effects of chronic stress. Brain… CONTINUE READING

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