Recommended treatments for depression can be very beneficial for adults with childhood trauma, such as those resulting from physical or sexual abuse, according to a study released Thursday.
Researchers have shown that adults with depressive disorder with a childhood traumatic history improve after being treated with pharmacotherapy or psychotherapy or a combination.
Published in the journal “The Lancet Psychatry”, the study points out that childhood trauma caused by abuse – sexual, physical or emotional – is one of the risk factors for the development of depressive disorder in adulthood.
The investigation was carried out by scientists from the Free University of Amsterdam, who said it is the largest carried out so far.
The work was based on information provided by 29 clinical trials of pharmacological and psychological treatments for depressive disorder in adults, in which nearly 7,000 people participated.