Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Stress Linked to Problems During Adolescence

Research conducted at the Oregon National Primate Research Center at Oregon Health and Science University and at the University of Pittsburgh suggests that there’s a link between stress early in life and the increased incidence of mental health problems during adolescence.
It has been revealed that children who experience early life stresses such as abuse, neglect or loss of a parent have an increased risk of developing attachment disorders. Later, these same children show an increased incidence of manifesting some types of behavioral and emotional disorders including ADHD, conduct disorders, anxiety, depression, suicide, drug abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Genetic factors and life experiences play a role in the causes of these mental health disorders.

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