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Study shows link between childhood emotional trauma and poor physical health in adulthood

August 2, 2011

A report on a recent study:

Children who experience abuse or other adversities and develop mental health disorders are at increased risk for chronic physical problems when they’re adults, according to a new study.
Researchers examined data from people in 10 countries included in the World Health Organization World Mental Health Surveys initiative. 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.

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/diet-fitness/diabetes/articles/2011/08/01/childhood-depression-anxiety-tied-to–pain–in-adulthood

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