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Childhood trauma linked to early psychosis later in life/ UQ NEWS

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Research showing that patients with early psychosis report high rates of childhood trauma has important implications for clinicians, a University of Queensland psychologist has found.

UQ Centre for Clinical Research and Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research psychologist Mr Michael Duhig said more than three-quarters of early psychosis patients reported exposure to childhood trauma, including one or a combination of emotional, physical or sexual abuse or physical neglect.

“Those people with early psychosis who experienced trauma during childhood faced higher levels of depression, anxiety and stress,” Mr Duhig said.

“Women who were subjected to emotional and sexual abuse during childhood were also found to have an increased risk of developing psychosis in adulthood.

“Interestingly, exposure to childhood trauma was found to have no impact on an individual’s day-to-day functioning at work or socially.

“This may be due to appropriate support being provided to individuals from outpatient services.”

Mr Duhig said he and his team gathered data from 106 outpatients who attended four early-psychosis services in South-East Queensland.

“These findings highlight the need for practitioners to inquire into any exposure to childhood trauma during clinical assessments of patients with early psychosis,” he said.

“Treating psychological distress needs to be a priority for clinicians, rather than managing only psychotic symptoms.

“Mental health clinicians need to consider the life experiences of people who have psychosis so as to ensure the treatment provided is holistic and provides the best chance of full recovery.

“This may require trauma-informed care in those people with psychosis who have been abused during childhood.”

Mr Duhig’s findings are published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.

Media: Chelsey Parish, UQ Centre for Clinical Research, 07 3346 6041, 0438 753 471,

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  1. Reblogged this on Moms' Hearts Unsilenced and commented:
    Education on healing from trauma is a must!

    Torn 2 Peaces

    March 27, 2015 at 8:51 pm

  2. Whenever I hear someone speak of their “crazy” or “bitter” mother, I always wonder at the possibility of trauma in their mom’s life — what silenced screams may present themselves as “craziness”. Funny that child sex abuse is not termed as “crazy” and the pedophiles aren’t either. Recently, an article appeared in the NYT about medicating women’s emotions. This is happening to children alienated from a loving parent. More dialogue about the effects of abuse is needed. Women live in shame because of the crazy acts done to them. It’s bad enough to be traumatized by abuse — it’s even worse to be pressured or medicated into acting as if it’s all right, as if it should just go away — that’s what’s crazy, especially when we know that abuse that hasn’t been dealt with repeats its damage through the generations.

    Torn 2 Peaces

    March 27, 2015 at 10:41 pm

  3. Reblogged this on cg444blog's Blog and commented:
    Merci pour votre aide


    March 28, 2015 at 12:05 am

  4. Reblogged this on mgwebbuddy.


    June 6, 2015 at 12:20 pm

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