Childhood abuse and adult depression

People with a history of abuse or mistreatment during childhood are twice as likely to have recurrent episodes of depression in adulthood, according to scientists. These individuals are also less likely to respond well to psychological or drug-based treatments. Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London pooled information from 26 studies covering more than 26,000 people.

The researchers used five indicators of mistreatment in their analysis: rejecting interaction from a mother; harsh discipline reported by a parent; unstable arrangements with the primary caregiver throughout childhood; self-reports of harsh of harsh physical or sexual maltreatment.

added at 12:01am on 25th January 2012

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