Researchers in Rhode Island and New Hampshire examined 99 healthy adults for changes related to stress hormones, and asked about their childhood attachment experiences. They found that stressful childhood experiences were associated with changes in both gene expression and hormonal responses related to stress, suggesting a link from childhood adversity to mental illness in adults.
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