Childhood Psychosis Study Reveals Prevention Opportunity

Researchers have published strong evidence from a large sample of adolescents that trauma leads to psychosis. But, in an encouraging finding, the ceasing of trauma (bullying or physical abuse) was associated with a clear reduction in psychotic experiences.

“These findings place new weight on calls for more comprehensive prevention and intervention strategies against childhood trauma in the community, from abuse at home to bullying at school,” say lead study author Ian Kelleher (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin) and team.

“Our findings provide the first direct evidence that this may lead to a reduced incidence of psychotic experiences in the community and ultimately, we hope, a similar reduction in the incidence of psychotic disorders.”

–Magpie Media

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