Researchers suggest that living under adverse conditions during childhood develop the risk of mental health such as depression, anxiety and other disorders in the later age. Children, who do not enjoy the minimal requirements of life at an early age, are more prone to these kinds of disorders. The study was published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.
The study suggests that living under excessive sacrificial conditions results in puberty and brain maturation, abnormal brain development, and greater mental health disorders. Children, who face a low level of social life, ill-nutrition, other adverse life situations tend to develop several mental problems in their life.
The lead author of the study, who is also a professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the US, said, “The findings underscore the need to pay attention to the environment in which the child grows. Poverty and trauma have strong associations with behavior and brain development, and the effects are much more pervasive than previously believed.”
The researchers studied the behavior of 9000 children, who were aged between 8 to 21 years and living under low economic conditions. These children develop high abnormalities, including body health as well as mental health. Some of them also develop psychiatric symptoms, related to different brain issues. It could be discovered that people who experience poverty during their childhood have a higher risk of developing these kinds of mental issues, in comparison to those, who never experienced poverty in their life.
The extent of the Effects of adverse life conditions on the mental health of an individual was quite large. Also, it was being found that even a single traumatic phase in the life of an individual increase the risk of psychiatric symptoms throughout its life, including mood, anxiety, depression and other mental disorders. Further, these developments are more in women than in men.