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Had a happy childhood? You are more prone to depression

Jan 31st 2014 at 8:20 PM

Had a happy childhood? More prone to depression

People who have had a carefree childhood are more likely to develop depression. Later in life

Had a happy childhood? More prone to depression

People who have had a carefree childhood walk in later life a greater risk that they get after stress depression. The reverse is also true: a few happy childhoods can reduce the chance that someone just went into a depression after stress. According to research by Esther Meyerhof of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)

Stress is the main cause for getting depression. Meyerhof wondered why one person in a stressful situation, it ends up in a depression and another does not. The conclusion: little stress in childhood increases the chance of becoming depressed later.

Mentally better equipped

"If you adapt to your early environment that is stressful, you later in life mentally better prepared," said Meyerhof who took the behavior of 1,000 young people under the microscope. "It seems that people are programmed from childhood to cope with stress, just as an animal adapts to its environment."

The results of the study may be important in the career of anyone, says Meyerhof. "For example, explain why some police officers do get psychological problems after major disturbances and others do not."

Also in the selection of soldiers for a stressful mission abroad this data is important. "Some soldiers come with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) back, while others have no problems there.


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