Childhood trauma likely to cause physical and mental health problems in adults: study

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Physical illnesses that developed included diabetes, cancer, migraines, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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Toronto: Researchers at the University of Toronto recently conducted a study that found that older adults who were physically abused as children had a significantly higher likelihood of developing chronic pain and other physical ailments as they age.

The research results were published in the journal “Aging and Health Research”.

Compared to those who did not experience this early trauma, they had a twice as high risk of developing depression and anxiety disorders.
“Unfortunately, our results suggest that the traumatic experience of physical abuse during childhood can influence both physical and mental health decades later. This also underscores the importance of valuing negative childhood experiences. in patients of all ages, including older adults,” said Anna Buhrmann. , who began this research for her undergraduate thesis in the Bachelor of Arts and Science program at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, and is a research assistant at the Institute of Life Course & Aging at the University of Toronto.
Physical illnesses that developed included diabetes, cancer, migraines, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The links between childhood maltreatment and poor physical and mental health persisted even after controlling for income, education, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and other causes of poor health.

Health professionals serving older people need to be aware that it is never too late to refer people to counseling services. A promising intervention, cognitive behavioral therapy [CBT]has been tested and shown to be effective in reducing post-traumatic stress disorder and depressive and anxiety symptoms in survivors of childhood abuse, said co-author Professor Esme Fuller-Thomson, who supervised Buhrmann’s thesis research.

It was not possible for the cross-sectional study to determine the specific pathways through which being physically abused in childhood affects a person’s health later in life. Current studies suggest that childhood physical abuse affects several physiological changes, including dysregulation of systems that regulate the body’s response to stress.

Future prospective research on disruptions to these systems that are already linked to several physical and mental illnesses, such as abnormal cortisol levels, could help shed light on the experiences of victims of childhood abuse.

Data for this study were drawn from a representative sample of adults aged 60 and over in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It compared 409 older people who said they had been physically abused as children with 4,659 of their peers who said they had not been physically abused as children. Data are from the Canadian Community Health Survey.

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