Childhood Trauma, Schizophrenia are Interlinked, Discovered Researchers

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Researchers discovered a link between childhood trauma and schizophrenia. According to researchers, Childhood sexual, physical and emotional abuse are associated with severe hallucinations in schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. Researchers claimed that, People suffering from schizophrenia may now possibly benefit from the effective, sensitive and tailored treatments used to treat victims.

The study associated a link between the sexual, physical and emotional abuse experienced during the childhood and the severity of symptoms such as detachment from reality, hallucinations, delusions, disorganised thinking, and lack of motivation or emotions in schizophrenic patients and other psychotic disorders. The study was published in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin.

Researchers from Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence for Youth Mental Health which are from the University of Melbourne in Port Phillip Prison and University Hospital of Gran Canaria Dr Negrin, Spain, have shown that childhood sexual, physical and emotional abuse are associated with severe hallucinations in schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders and claimed to be linked with each other.

The meta-analysis, published in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin, which analysed 29 studies on childhood trauma and psychotic symptoms, found that childhood sexual abuse was associated with delusions. In addition, hallucinations in those with psychotic disorders were associated with all types of childhood trauma.

Researchers added that around one in every 100 people will experience a psychotic disorder in their lives, with the majority developing symptoms between 18 to 25 years old. Until now, treatments for trauma in psychosis focused on post-traumatic stress disorder rather than specific symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions. But this research not only helps in refine treatments for patients with psychotic disorders, it may also help to empower young patients.

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