Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) : Consequence of Non-Treated Trauma

Scientific studies have demonstrated a substantial correlation between child maltreatment (i.e. physical, sexual, emotional abuse; neglect, and exposure to domestic violence/interparental violence, war context, grief, separation from loved ones, health abuse, etc), and the development of mental health dysfunction.

Exposure to childhood adversity heightens the risk of mental health impairment, social dysfunction, and physical ailments which can persist into adulthood. Experts have observed a need to make a distinction  between a childhood isolated traumatic episode and ongoing childhood adverse life conditions.

Child maltreatment increases the odds by 49% for the development of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in adulthood, e.g. cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, chronic respiratory diseases, mental health problems and musculoskeletal conditions. (*)



(*) Fuller-Thomson, E., & Brennenstuhl, S. Making a link between child physical abuse and cancer. Results from a regional representative survey. (2009). American Cancer Society.