Childhood trauma in patients with severe mental disorders is linked to shorter telomeres
Researcher Monica Aas and co-workers have documented that patients with severe mental disorders and a history of childhood abuse have shorter telomeres, a genetic predictor of biological age.
Monica Aas. Photo: UiO
In a recent blogpost, Monica Aas tells about the findings and what the next steps are for the field: Childhood trauma in patients with severe mental disorders linked to shorter telomeres
Aas M, Elvsåshagen T, Westlye LT, Kaufmann T, Athanasiu L, Djurovic S, Melle I, van der Meer D, Martin-Ruiz C, Steen NE, Agartz I, Andreassen OA. Telomere length is associated with childhood trauma in patients with severe mental disorders. Translational Psychiatry. 2019 Mar 21;9(1):97. doi: 10.1038/s41398-019-0432-7.