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  • Print publication year: 2021
  • Online publication date: March 2021

Chapter 4 - Puberty and Affective Mental Illness in Males

from Section 1 - The Developmental Context and Developmental Disorders

Summary

Puberty is the major neuroendocrine cataclysm in the postnatal life of males. But it succeeds another, similar one during prenatal life, and it is impossible to understand the phenomenon of puberty fully without considering the earlier event. While testosterone is a major contributor to both events, it is not the only one. Thus, this chapter first addresses the impact of testosterone on the developing brain, before a broader consideration of puberty in males and its associations with perturbations of identity and of anxiety and mood.

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