Family as an anti-depressant: Study

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Living in a joint family or having more social interactions can help reduce your anxiety level, improve your memory and overcome the effect of chronic stress, a recent study conducted at National Institute of Mental Health and Neurological Sciences (NIMHANS) revealed.

In the study, it was observed that rats that were exposed to a social and interactive environment showed reduced anxiety-like behaviour.

In the study, eight-week-old male rats were separated into four groups. The study group was given stress for 21 days, and for the next 10 days was let out into a wider cage with 10 to 12 other rats along with toys to play such as climbing ladders and rotating tunnels. Various behavioural tests were conducted after this.

In the tests, it was found that rats exposed to the wider cage after 21 days of stress showed reduced memory problems associated with stress, compared with those that were not given the better cage. The result also revealed higher long-term potentiation (LTP), associated with learning and memory, among those who were exposed to the better environment of cage.

The results were published in Journal of Neuroscience Research.



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