Verbal Abuse Proven to Cause Anxiety and Depression

Science blog had another great article talking about a new study that is showing that verbal abuse is highly-correlated with anxiety and depression in adult-life. It does this through means of habituating self-critical thoughts.

Little clip:

“People who were verbally abused had 1.6 times as many symptoms of depression and anxiety as those who had not been verbally abused and were twice as likely to have suffered a mood or anxiety disorder over their lifetime, according to psychology Professor Natalie Sachs-Ericsson, the study’s lead author.”
Check out the article, AND digg it.

3 thoughts on “Verbal Abuse Proven to Cause Anxiety and Depression

  1. Yeah, well things that seem like they should be intuitively obvious arn’t always scientifically proven. I’ve met people that think verbal abuse is the most powerful form of motivation for a child. ;-)

  2. Love it, with obvious implications or “conclusions of quantifiable reason to which one could jump”


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