Researchers have recently found that childhood traumas and neglect can not only cause mental health problems in children, but that they can also manifest as physical disease in later life.
Excerpts from How animal assisted therapy helps with childhood trauma:
- The findings, which appear in the December 2010 issue of Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, suggest that childhood experiences can affect nervous, immune and endocrine functioning.
- By the age of 32, the study subjects who had undergone childhood deprivations were more likely to be depressed, experience chronic inflammation and to have metabolic markers of increased health risk.
- These three factors, in turn, are known to put sufferers in the risk category for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and dementia later on in life.
Read the article to learn the positive impact of animal therapy.