John Read and Richard Bentall write in the British Journal of Psychiatry about the growing understanding and acceptance of the significant role adverse childhood events play in most mental health problems, and the theoretical, clinical and primary prevention implications of this profound shift. Their commentary provides perspective on two other articles in the same issue; on the impact of maternal depression on psychopathology, and of mistreatment in childhood on specific psychiatric disorders.
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