Thursday, May 24, 2007

Childhood trauma and depression

A study of 324 people with depression in the U.K. has added further evidence to the already considerable pile linking childhood trauma with adult mental-health problems. 79.9% of the sample reported at least one kind of childhood trauma, most commonly physical neglect, emotional abuse and emotional neglect. Those who had suffered childhood trauma had an earlier age of onset of depression and the more childhood trauma someone had suffered the earlier they became depressed. Physical neglect was particularly linked to adult anxiety.

Moskvina, Valentina ... [et al] - Interrelationship of childhood trauma, neuroticism, and depressive phenotype Depression and Anxiety 24(3) 163-168