Childhood abuse leads to mental disorders

Childhood violence and abuse accounts for 41 percent of all cases of common mental disorders and self-destructive behaviors. A study on this was carried out by Australian scientists, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

As part of the study, the researchers analyzed data from several tens of thousands of Australians who took part in national mental health surveys. They look for a link between childhood abuse and the development of mental illness in adulthood, while taking into account other factors such as genetic predisposition.

As a result, they found that childhood abuse is a key factor influencing mental health problems as a person grows up. "If child abuse were eliminated in Australia, more than 1.8 million cases of depression, anxiety and substance use disorders could be prevented," the researchers concluded. /BGNES