A from Stanford University in the USA suggests that very events affect the brains of boys and girls in different . Researchers say that girls suffer after traumatic events and are more to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They also say that of this, girls and boys should be treated differently by doctors during the process from PTSD. Lead researcher Dr Megan Klabunde said: "It is that people who work with traumatised youth consider the sex differences. Our findings suggest it is that boys and girls could exhibit different trauma symptoms and that they might benefit from different to treatment."
The research focused on a of the brain that deals with emotions and , called the insula. The smaller the insula, the more likely it is that someone will suffer from PTSD. Researchers discovered that the insula was small in girls who had gone through a traumatic . It was larger than in boys who had experienced a distressing, shocking or event. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental disorder that can develop after traumatic events, such as assault, warfare, traffic collisions, or threats on a person's . Symptoms may include disturbing or thoughts, nightmares related to the events, and to how a person thinks and feels.