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The Health Effects of Depression for Adults Who Have Experienced Childhood Abuse  

Author:  Kathleen  Kendall-Tackett.

Source: Volume 08, Number 02, Fall 2015 , pp.139-156(18)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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Neuroscience and developmental researchers are discovering more and more how profoundly our childhood experiences affect the rest of our lives, how the past, medically and psychological speaking, is prologue. Here, in a chapter drawn from Kathleen Kendall-Tackett’s Treating the Lifetime Health Effects of Childhood Victimization, we learn about the intricate ways in which child abuse and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) leave their physical imprints inside the brain and other parts of the human body of those so victimized.

Keywords: posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); co-occuring substance abuse; sexual abuse; physiology changes; elevated cortisol levels; breakdown of serotonin; cognitive processes; cardiovascular health; metabolism; obesity; health behaviors; mortality

Affiliations:  1: Praeclarus Press.

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