Childhood and adult adversity increase mental illness risk

Neuroscience News March 1, 2024, 11:00 PM UTC

Summary: A recent study from Saint Louis University found that childhood adversity increases the risk of mental illness later in life, while adult adversities are linked to psychiatric disorders and cognitive decline. Nearly 40% of individuals experience childhood adversity, and almost 80% experience adulthood adversity. Higher education can mitigate the negative impacts of adversity. The study emphasizes the importance of addressing and discussing stress and adversity throughout life stages.

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