It's clear the way children are treated is intricately tried to their attitudes and behavior, but a recent study reaffirms the notion that mistreatment during one's early years can have lasting, irreversible consequences.
The study suggests that being maltreated in childhood contributes to the co-occurrence of depression and inflammation later in life. It's a no-brainer study if you ask me, but confirms how childhood experiences play into our mental health later in life and how important it is to play close attention to how your child is being treated. Here's more:
The study found that depressed people with a history of maternal rejection, or physical, sexual or other abuse were twice as likely to have elevated inflammation levels compared with controls. In contrast, depressed people without a history of maltreatment had similar inflammation levels as controls.
The researchers who did the study suggest that history of abuse in childhood may help identify depressed adults with elevated inflammation levels.