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US: Phoenix 6-year-old boy dies; abuse suspected

| August 15, 2011 at 02:19 pm

child abuseA 6-year-old Phoenix boy who was hospitalized with a swollen brain last week died Sunday from injuries that Phoenix police suspect the child received when one of his parents slammed the boy’s head into a bedroom wall.

State officials were already in the process of investigating Jacob Gibson’s parents, Jennifer Paul, 37, and Benny Gibson, 49, for alleged child abuse when the child’s parents took him to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. (more…)

Is childhood abuse behind tough-to-treat depression?

| at 02:11 pm

Clinical Depression (CBS) Why do some depressed people never seem to get better? A provocative new study suggests it may come down to the amount of mistreatment they experienced as kids.

A new study suggests adults who were abused as children are twice as likely to develop lasting bouts of depression as their counterparts who did not experience childhood mistreatment. And scientists say that can seriously impact their treatment and recovery. (more…)