Harsh parenting can increase in the rate of depression later in life. According to new research revealed that hars parenting can increase the risk of depression among children. The European College of Neuropsychopharmacology conducted this important research.
According to researchers in Austria harsh parenting can alter the way a gene is read to become hard-wired into DNA and predispose children to depression. However, if the kids had a loving upbringing, this wouldn’t happen to them as much.
Researchers at the University of Leuven in Belgium studied young people who had good and bad parenting and compared them to those who had harsh or manipulative parents. The average age of the teenagers, who ranged in age from 12 to 16, was 14 for both groups. People who had strict parents exhibited early, subclinical symptoms of depression.
The study focused on the influence of strict parenting, but any significant stress will likely cause similar changes in DNA methylation. As a result, childhood stress may increase your risk of developing depression later in life.
Without taking part in the study, Professor Christiaan Vickers said, “This is an extremely important study to understand the mechanisms by which adverse childhood experiences have life-long effects on both mental health and physical health. If we can figure out who is in danger and why certain things have different effects, we will benefit greatly.”
What to do?
A wide number of research participants said that their parents were stricter and the propensity for depression are higher among these participants. Researchers think that this propensity has been ingrained in their DNA through higher methylation variation. Additionally, experts also explained that they are currently attempting to close the loop. Furthermore, they are trying to connect it to a later diagnosis of depression. If successful, they may be able to identify individuals who may be more susceptible to developing depression. As a result of their upbringing, they can use this increased methylation variation as a marker.