Psychological trauma has been widely blamed for the rising numbers of children suffering mental health problems.
But a new study reveals that it is not the stressors parents experience that may lead to mental illness.
Psychological trauma is an emotional reaction to traumatic experiences that a child or teenager may have.
Psychological stress is a natural and normal response to the environment, and so children and teens are unlikely to develop a mental illness during their first years of life.
In the new study, psychologists at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health examined children’s social distancing behaviors during the time they were between 2 and 10 years old, and their subsequent mental health.
The study was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
The researchers found that children who experienced psychological trauma in their childhood had a three-fold increase in the likelihood of developing mental health disorders, compared to those who did not.
The authors believe this is because traumatic experiences are part of the child’s natural response to their environment, such as fear and anxiety.
The parents of children with mental illness are frequently told to “sit back and watch the storm pass,” said Dr. Jennifer Hirsch, a psychologist and co-author of the study.
She says that is a recipe for more emotional and behavioral trauma.
The new research shows that children’s coping strategies and emotional response to stressful events are different from other children, and they may have a different response to psychological stressors, she said.
“There’s a lot of fear-based thinking going on in children’s minds, and that may have more to do with what they are experiencing,” Hirsch said.
The paper says psychological trauma is not unique to the United States.
Hirsch says other countries also suffer from it.
She believes it is an issue that affects many countries.
HSI stresses that this is an early study, and there is much more work to be done in understanding the complex effects of trauma.
HSTM is the abbreviation for the Mental Health Treatment Monitoring System, and is a nationwide program that monitors and assesses mental health outcomes in a large number of populations, including youth, families, children, adults, and families with the elderly.
It is not affiliated with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The results of the new research were published in Psychological Science.
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