Children Don’t Complain Of Anxiety – They Say Their Stomach Hurts.

N.B. Never assume a physical complaint such as a stomach ache is brought on by stress. Always seek the opinion of an appropriately qualified medical professional.

A study conducted by Columbia University (Callaghan and Tottenham, 2019) has compared two groups of children :

  1. Children who had experienced DISRUPTED EARLY CAREGIVING (they had been adopted as babies or toddlers from care institutions or foster homes).
  2. Children who had been raised by a biologically related caregiver.

It was found that those from Groups 1 (i.e. those who had experienced disrupted early caregiving) were significantly more likely to suffer GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS (in the form of stomach aches, nausea, constipation and vomiting) than those from Group 2 (i.e. those who had been brought up by a biologically related caregiver).

DIFFERENCES IN STOMACH BACTERIA

Further investigation revealed also that those children who had experienced disrupted early life caregiving had significantly different stomach bacteria (e,g, in terms of diversity) from those who had been brought up by a biologically related caregiver.

IMPLICATIONS OF HAVING DIFFERENT STOMACH BACTERIA

These differences in stomach bacteria are of interest because, as the lead researcher in the study, Callaghan, pointed out, previous animal studies have demonstrated changes in stomach bacteria brought about by severe stress have an adverse effect upon neurological (i.e. brain) development.

BACTERIA AND ITS EFFECT ON BRAIN PROCESSING

All of the children in the study also underwent brain scans and it was found that their brain activity patterns were correlated with particular types of stomach bacteria; such altered brain activity, linked to stomach bacteria type, can, in turn, affect the ability of the prefrontal cortex to regulate (i.e. control) emotion. This implies that children who frequently suffer stress-induced stomach complaints may be at increased risk of developing mental health problems, particularly in relation to the ability to control emotions, later on in life.

However, the researchers involved in the study also pointed out that it is too early to say anything definitive in relation to these findings and that further research is necessary.

IMPLICATIONS

Finally, the researchers also pointed out that animal studies have demonstrated that changes in diet and probiotics can help to alter stomach bacteria which, in turn, reduces harm incurred by the nervopus system and that this knowledge may have implications in the future for the treatment of humans with conditions relating to the effects of stress-induced altered stomach bacteria on the nervous system development.

N.B. Never assume a physical complaint such as a stomach ache is brought on by stress. Always seek the opinion of an appropriately qualified medical professional.

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David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE).

 

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About David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE)

David Hosier MSc holds two degrees (BSc Hons and MSc) and a post-graduate diploma in education (all three qualifications are in psychology). He also holds UK QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). He has worked as a teacher, lecturer and researcher. His own experiences of severe childhood trauma and its emotional fallout motivated him to set up this website, childhoodtraumarecovery.com, for which he exclusively writes articles. He has published several books including The Link Between Childhood Trauma And Borderline Personality Disorder, The Link Between Childhood Trauma ANd Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and  How Childhood Trauma Can Damage The Developing Brain (And How These Effects Can Be Reversed). He was educated at the University of London, Goldsmith’s College where he developed his interest in childhood experiences leading to psychopathology and wrote his thesis on the effects of childhood depression on academic performance. This site has been created for educational purposes only.

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