Feelings Of Guilt During Childhood Linked To Mental Illness

January 7, 2015 6:00 PM

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Excessive guilt is a known symptom of adult depression, but a new study finds that such feelings in childhood can predict future mental illness, including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder.

The link seems to center around the anterior insula -- a brain region involved in the regulation of perception, emotion and self-awareness that has also been linked to mood disorders, anxiety disorders and schizophrenia. According to the researchers, children who displayed signs of pathological guil...

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