Thursday, January 7, 2010

Childhood trauma causes adult illness

I think the part about emotional abuse being linked to irritable bowel, uterine fibroids and chronic fatigue is interesting. I wonder what constitutes emotional abuse. I know people who grew up with an alcoholic parents and they do have some of these illnesses.

FROM NBC: Children subjected to physical and emotional abuse may grow up to suffer from migraines and other painful conditions.

In a new study from the University of Toledo medical center, physical abuse was found to be associated with a higher incidence of arthritis. Emotional abuse was linked to more reports of irritable bowel syndrome and chronic fatigue. Women who'd suffered childhood abuse were more likely to develop endometriosis and uterine fibroids.

The findings are based on surveys of more than 13-hundred patients diagnosed with migraines.
Researchers "recruited a cross-sectional survey of headache clinic patients with physician-diagnosed migraine at 11 outpatient headache centers.

Childhood maltreatment was assessed using the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CT.), a 28-item self-reported quantitative measure of childhood abuse (physical, sexual, and emotional) and neglect (physical and emotional). Self-reported physician-diagnosed history of comorbid pain conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia (FM), interstitial cystitis (IC), and arthritis was recorded on the survey.

A total of 1,348 patients diagnosed with migraine completed the surveys. Researchers found migraineurs who reported childhood emotional abuse or physical neglect had a significantly higher incidence of comorbid pain conditions compared with those without a history of maltreatment."

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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