Past stressful experiences do not create resilience to future trauma, new study finds

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger — that claim is so universally accepted that it’s a common truism in contexts from everyday conversations to Top 40 pop charts.

But new research led by a team of Brown University researchers finds that this is false.

In fact, the research suggests the opposite is true: Past stressors sensitize people to future traumas, thereby increasing their chances of developing a mental health disorder. READ MORE