Childhood trauma a factor in developing depression
July 1, 2016

Childhood trauma, especially if unknown to the parent or left untreated, can lead to depression. Studies have shown that those who experienced a childhood trauma have a much higher risk of developing depression later in life.

From Mayo Clinic, other factors which increase your teen’s chances of developing or triggering include:

  • Issues which lower self-esteem (obesity, bullying, academic struggles, peer issues, etc.)
  • Witnessing or being the victim of violence (physical or sexual abuse)
  • Having a current condition (bipolar disorder, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, etc.)
  • Dealing with a learning disability and/or ADHD
  • Experiencing frequent pain or suffering from a chronic physical illness (cancer, diabetes, asthma, etc.)
  • Substance abuse
  • Being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender within an environment which is not supportive
  • Family history of issues with depression

Childhood Trauma and Sleep Deprivation Hinder Immune System

In a report by ScienceDaily, the University of Eastern Finland discovered that childhood trauma and disturbed sleep cycles mess up immune system regulation. Depression, childhood trauma, and sleep interruptions are all associated with an increase in physical issues and fluctuations in how the immune system functions. The study focused on the way Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) works and the mechanisms within it that have to do with immune system regulation.

According to the study, changes in the regulation of the immune system are thought to be a large piece in mediating the diseases linked to MDD and the disorders that develop along with MDD. Childhood trauma and sleep cycle disturbances cause certain chemicals in the body to elevate or decrease, causing issues with immune system regulation, which in turn plays a large role in an individual’s well-being and likeliness to develop issues associated with MDD.

For more information about helping your teen through childhood trauma, Solstice East can help.

Solstice East is a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18.

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