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By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on October 18, 2010 

Emerging scientific research suggests coping with adverse life events improves our ability to adapt and handle future events.

The finding lends support to the old adage of what does not kill us, makes us stronger.

The new national multi-year longitudinal study of the effects of adverse life events on mental health discovered that the experiences appear to foster adaptability and resilience.

As such, an individual is able to handle future mental health issues and possess a strong sense of well-being.

The new study examined a national sample of people who reported their lifetime history of adverse experiences and several measures of current mental health and well-being.

Mark Seery, senior author of the study, says previous research indicates that exposure to adverse life events typically predicts negative effects on mental health and well-being, such that more adversity predicts worse outcomes.

Read in Full:  http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/10/18/tough-times-build-mental-health-resiliency/19699.html



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