Spanking in childhood impacts mental health in adulthood, says study
Were you one of those kids who got spanked by their parents every time they messed up? According to a study by Australian Catholic Universityrecurrent spanking in childhood is associated with a higher risk of mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, in young adults.
The research analyzed data from 8,500 people, aged between 16 and 24. Among the volunteers, women and men who were spanked in childhood were almost twice as likely to have depressive and anxiety disorders.
Lead author of the work, Professor Daryl Higgins, found the findings worrying. “Corporal or physical punishment has negative effects on mental health and part of the reason is that it tends to be accompanied by experiences of abuse and/or neglect,” said the doctor in an interview with 9news.
According to the survey, 61% of volunteers suffered corporal punishment as a child on at least four occasions. Currently, physical punishment is prohibited in 62 countries around the world, including Brazil.
The Spanking Law defines punishments for physical punishment (punitive or disciplinary action applied with the use of physical force that results in physical suffering or injury) or degrading treatment (one that humiliates, seriously threatens or ridicules).
Recognizing difficulties and seeking expert help are the best ways to deal with times when the stress load is high.Getty Images
But how do you know when to seek help? The quality of mental health is determined by how we deal with feelingsGetty Images
Mentally healthy people are able to deal in a balanced way with conflicts, disturbances, traumas or important transitions in different life cycles. However, some signs can indicate when mental health is not good.Getty Images
Insomnia: if there is no quality sleep, it is impossible to recover the energy needed to move on to a new day. Sleep disorders are one of the main factors that affect people’s mental health.Getty Images
Stress: if irritation is recurrent and leads us to have increased reactions to small events, the red light should be triggered. If stress is accompanied by trouble sleeping, it’s time to seek help.Getty Images
Sudden changes in mood: mood depends on different situations, however, if the inconstancy is persistent it can be a signal from the body that something is not right and a change in habits may be necessary.Getty Images
Memory lapses: if the person begins to notice that their memory is failing in everyday life with very simple things, it is likely that they are experiencing an episode of mental exhaustion.Getty Images
Change in appetite: in food, the person who eats much more than he should use food as an outlet to relieve anxiety. Others completely lose their appetite.Getty Images
Low self-esteem: another warning sign is the feeling of incapacity, powerlessness and fragility. In this case, it is common for the person to feel less important and think that no one cares about them.Getty Images
Neglect with hygiene: one of the characteristics of depression is the loss of the will to take care of oneself. The person usually has compromised body hygiene and loses vanityGetty Images
Continuous feeling of sadness: unlike sadness, depression is an internal phenomenon, which does not need an event. The person becomes apathetic and does not feel like doing anythingGetty Images
To receive a diagnosis and start appropriate treatment, it is very important to consult a psychiatrist or psychologist. As soon as you notice that you don’t feel as well as you used to, look for a professional to help you find the causes of your discomfort.Getty Images