Navigation Links
Adversity, Trauma May Boost Mental Toughness
Date:12/27/2011

TUESDAY, Dec. 27 (HealthDay News) -- New research finds some truth in the old saying that whatever doesn't kill you will make you stronger.

While extremely harrowing experiences such as being assaulted or surviving a hurricane can cause psychological damage, less drastic life challenges can help you develop psychological resilience, according to Mark Seery of the University at Buffalo.

In one study, he and his colleagues found that people who suffered many traumatic events were more distressed in general, but they also found similar problems in people who had not experienced any such adversity.

People who had experienced some negative life events had the highest level of mental toughness.

In another study, the researchers looked at people with chronic back pain and found that those who had experienced some serious life challenges had better mobility than those who'd faced a lot of adversity or none at all.

The findings appear in the December issue of the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science.

People who have been through difficult experiences have had an opportunity to develop their ability to cope and to learn how to get help from family and friends when they need it, Seery said.

But he stressed that parents shouldn't intentionally make life difficult for their children in the belief that it will help them grow up to be well-adjusted adults.

"Negative events have negative effects," Seery said in a journal news release. "I really look at this as being a silver lining. Just because something bad has happened to someone doesn't mean they're doomed to be damaged from that point on."

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more about coping with traumatic events.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Current Directions in Psychological Science, news release,


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Sweating the small stuff: Early adversity, prior depression linked to high sensitivity to stress
2. Racial, ethnic and insurance disparities revealed in post-hospital care after trauma
3. Traumatic injury sets off a genomic storm in immune system pathways
4. Study finds headaches after traumatic brain injury highest in adolescents and girls
5. Chronic post-traumatic stress disorder in women linked to history of rape, child abuse
6. Kessler Foundation receives grant to study cognitive reserve in traumatic brain injury
7. Newer Blood Thinner May Pose Danger to Trauma Patients
8. Post-traumatic stress risk to police officers lower than previously thought
9. Hope on the horizon for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder
10. Univesity of Notre Dame researchers form new partnership to help trauma patients
11. Past Trauma May Contribute to Bowel Disorder
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Adversity, Trauma May Boost Mental Toughness
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Apple Rehab Shelton Lakes , ... mock evacuation of the facility as part of a disaster drill on October 3rd. ... EMS and Shelton City Emergency Manager, as well as the Connecticut Long Term ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Ellevate Network, the ... business to advocate for action towards gender equality at their inaugural Summit in New ... the globe, and reached a social audience of over 3 million. To watch the ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... , ... Talented host, actor Rob Lowe, is introducing a ... episode of "Success Files," which is an award-winning educational program broadcasted on PBS ... in-depth with passion and integrity. , Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve in ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... “America On ... Christian identity. “America On The Brink” is the creation of published author, William ... several great-grandchildren. As a WWII veteran, he spent thirty years in the Navy. ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... LA (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... Planet ... in the U.S., announced today its plans to open a flagship location in Covington, ... occupy the former Rooms To Go store next to Office Depot in the Holiday ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/12/2017)... 12, 2017 West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. ... for injectable drug administration, today announced that it will ... on Thursday, October 26, 2017, and will follow with ... expectations at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To participate on ... The conference ID is 94093362. ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... Calif. , Oct. 10, 2017  NDS received FDA 510(k) ... — a medical-grade battery-powered display stand specifically designed for endoscopy environments. ... transform technology into a clinical solution to support the improvement of ... Innovative Design ... Mobile Wireless Solution ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... 4, 2017  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ... . PhysicianOne Urgent Care is helping communities across Massachusetts ... , by offering no-cost* flu shots through the end of the month. ... health insurance regulations. ... to get a flu shot is by the end of October, according ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: