Youth trauma linked to later ills

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 28, 2013 - 9:13 PM

Survey: Childhood stress can increase disease, anxiety and drinking in adulthood.

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nationaljoeJan. 28, 1312:07 PM

In other news, bricks are heavy. And winters in Minnesota are cold. Also, did you hear that Elvis Presley died? Tune in for more late breaking updates at 10pm. Honestly. We could have saved the state some money on this survey. I could have told you that childhood abuse results in an increased likelihood of developing anxiety disorders. Who authorizes the funding for these "state surveys" anyways?

jugglerJan. 28, 1312:22 PM

I would argue it's how you deal with or are taught to deal with trauma that shape's how you feel later in life. Some of us were taught to be tough and man up and other such things, thus no anxiety. Others were taught to fear life or risk suffering more traumatic events. Thus, more anxiety.

iamamomtooJan. 28, 1312:59 PM

Juggler: you are misguided if you think that by telling kids to "man up" that they do not suffer from anxiety later on in life... it is exactly those types of statements that cause people to suffer in silence. nationaljoe: we need these studies to show that early mental heath detection and assistance will save people from suffering for years if not their whole lives and that provides a healthier environment for the next generation.

themightybJan. 28, 13 1:01 PM

Juggler - Get real. Try telling a kid who went through years of sexual abuse to "Man up." Not to say that issues can't be dealt with as an adult, and you have to be a slave to those feelings your entire life, but some trauma's are too much for a CHILD to deal with.

createdequalJan. 28, 13 1:02 PM

This survey is an insult to those of us who have suffered serious and significant trauma in our lives, especially during childhood. Further, many children have been victims of more than one kind of trauma. Sexual abuse is nearly always accompanied by verbal and other physical abuse.

lalahemJan. 28, 13 1:26 PM

Bad things happen. It's a fact of life. I had a crappy childhood fraught w/danger, abuse and sexual exploitation and it damaged my life. BUT That is how I got this way. How I become the me that I want to be is on me, not anyone else. Do we shrink from anxiety, or do we meet it and face our fears and confront situations that cause discomfort. I had to do that. I was not permitted to hide away. That which does not kill us can make us stronger, it really can. Acknowledging that bad things happen, but it's what we do with ourselves that makes or breaks a person, that's the ticket. I feel your pain, but it does not define you. Only you can.

west336Jan. 28, 13 1:52 PM

Anxiety/Depression is not a CHOICE, some of's a disease that you live with or let succumb you, but you do not get to choose weather or not you have it. Some victims of abuse seem to suffer more than others, and I'd actually be more curious as to why that is than whether or not people who are abused sometimes have anxiety/depression (or course they can/do)!

citypersonJan. 28, 13 2:47 PM

It's nice this type of survey/story makes its way to the forefront of media. What is lacking from the survey is the ramifications of such abuse leads to PTSD. PTSD is difficult to explain to others who do not suffer from it. I recently met a therapist who is literally clueless to the disorder. She is one of those 'man up' types. PTSD is like a rapid fire rifle which constantly is going pow pow pow in the head. Certain situations make the PTSD more prominent and difficult to deal with. It is as real of a disability as a physical disability. It can consume a person so much that they would rather be homeless than be in a work environment. People with PTSD avoid many social situations. PTSD imho leads to server anxiety, depression, digestion disorders, Raynauds, and many other physical problems that the general public and even some therapist have difficulty in comprehending since they do not suffer from the disorder.

swurzerJan. 28, 13 3:04 PM

@juggler: I think that what you're describing is the opposite side of the same coin. The natural human response to trauma is anxiety. A child who is told to "Man up" after a trauma, is given the message that the anxiety they feel is wrong. It leads to a splitting of the personality. Being not allowed to express or accept the anxiety leads to that emotion being transformed into something else... Usually it morphs into anger, outwardly directed. Many people who claim to not feel anxiety are really just expressing that anxiety in a way that is more "acceptable", which is anger. Of course, those angry people will not admit to anxiety, as the super-ego will not allow that (due to the early "Man-up" training). So, fear turns into anger that is directed outward towards the innocent people around them. Hence the high rate of anger problems in the male population.

dpcoleJan. 28, 13 3:41 PM

More than 13,000 people should have been asked. Especially those who have endured such trauma, there might have been some interesting situations told. And the naivety of some around here... let's see them endure a few incidents and see how quickly they "man up". They'll prove themselves to be hypocrites to their claimed cause very quickly...


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