Childhood Maltreatment Reduces Hippocampal Volume


Researchers at Harvard University, in the largest and most detailed study on the topic to date, found that childhood maltreatment is significantly associated with reduced hippocampal volumes. Reduced hippocampal volumes have been implicated with chronic and first-episode schizophrenia, depression, dissociative identity disorder, borderline personality disorder, and bipolar disorder. This is the first study to demonstrate that the condition is associated with childhood maltreatment irrespective of diagnosis. The results were published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].