Stress: psychogenic dwarfism

Meet Kenadie

The photo above is of Kenadie Jourdin-Bromley. She is a primordial dwarf. This is a very rare genetic condition. You can read more about her

Most forms of dwarfism have a genetic cause. But there is one form of dwarfism that is caused by stress:
psychogenic dwarfism. When the fight-flight response is activated hormones are released that speed up some physical processes and switch off others. Children that are raised in threatening and stressful environments may stop growing. In this situation the stress expert Robert Saplosky prescribes a parentectomy: if they are taken out of that stressful environment they may start to grow normally.

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