If Your Dad Was A Stressed Out Young Guy, You’re Going To Be An Anxious Gal [STUDY]
6:45 pm, August 23rd | by Laura Donovan
Some of us get a lot of good things from our dads: aesthetically pleasing looks, brains, chutzpah, etc. But if our fathers happened to be pretty stressed out guys at a young age, we’re more likely to be anxious little ladies, according to a new study.
Tufts University researchers have found that the stress a man endures in youth can alter his sperm to bring about psychiatric disorders in their daughters. The academics experimented on male mice and said the “changes were especially prominent in female mice.” One of the authors went on:
“We first found that adolescent mice exposed to chronic social instability, where the cage composition of mice is constantly changing, exhibited anxious behavior and poor social interactions through adulthood. These changes were especially prominent in female mice.”
Want to know the worst part? The problem can be passed down to another generation, not just that of the female offspring. So if you come from a family of epic stressballs and happen to be one as well, perhaps this could be why.