Child abuse can cause depression in adulthood

One study found that childhood stress caused by maltreatment conditions can alter the structure of the brain. This change, which occurred in the early years of life, can lead to depression in adulthood.

The survey, carried out in Germany, was published in The Journal of Health. In all, data from 110 patients with depression were analyzed.

Subsequently, these patients were followed up for 2 years and the survey took approximately 8 to complete.

Along with clinical observations, scientists have also studied MRI and the experience of child abuse.

At the end of the research, 35 participants were free from depression, while 75 were more likely to have depressive relapses during their years of study.

In these, the significant prevalence of traumas resulting from maltreatment was observed while they were children.

In addition, the resonances indicated that these 75 patients had a reduction in the cortical surface (region of the brain responsible for psychic responses, for example a scene of imagination).

  • Tiredness: It is common for people who are depressed to have less energy. Over time, they feel they can’t even get out of bed;
  • Weight loss or gain: gaining or losing about 5% of normal weight in a short period of time (around a month) without being on a diet can be the result of emotional changes;
  • Altered sleep: this symptom varies between the two extremes, some people feel insomnia and have difficulty sleeping and others have hypersomnia, that is, they sleep for a long time;
  • Guilt or worthlessness: thoughts of low self-esteem, lack of self-care and pessimism are common in depressed people. Lack of interest and loss of desire to do activities that were once pleasurable are also warning signs.

The treatment of depression involves psychological therapy (individual or group) and, when necessary, antidepressant medications. The sooner treatment is started, the greater the patient’s chance of recovery.

If you hear, see or witness any type of abuse or attitude that violates the rights of the child, such as physical, sexual, moral violence, abandonment or child labor, repor