30 July 2011

Childhood abuse has an impact in adult life



A new study finds that children who experience abuse or adversities in childhood are at a greater risk of having chronic pain related physical problems as adults.

The sample for the study included people living in 10 of the 28 countries participating in the World Health Organization World Mental Health Surveys initiative, according to the report.
“The team looked at anxiety disorders and depression in children and at the following childhood adversities: abuse, neglect, loss of a parent through death or other causes, divorce, parental substance abuse, parental criminal behavior, family violence and being poor.

Both anxiety and depression in childhood were associated with three chronic pain conditions in adulthood: osteoarthritis, chronic spinal pain (back or neck), and frequent or severe headache.”
Physical abuse in childhood was linked to chronic diseases in adulthood such as heart disease, asthma, diabetes, osteoarthritis, chronic spinal pain and headache.

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