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Long-Term Physical-Psychiatric Effects of Childhood Trauma

[Source: Medical X-Press]

Exposure to trauma in childhood is associated with both psychiatric and physical problems for decades afterward, according to new research presented here today at the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Annual Meeting. Researchers are longitudinally assessing more than 1,000 individuals who were directly exposed to the 9/11 terror attack as children, as well as a matched control group of 500 individuals who were not.

The research was carried out by the Global Psychiatric Epidemiology Group at Columbia University-New York State Psychiatric Institute. Today at the APA, Lawrence Amsel, M.D., will present initial findings from that investigation, which is the largest and longest longitudinal face-to-face study of individuals exposed to the 9/11 attack as children. While

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