The researchers from the University of Liverpool teamed with Netherland’s Maastricht University to study the effects of childhood trauma to schizophrenia. Results from their study have been published stating that the children who have experienced severe trauma are three times more likely to develop schizophrenia and other mental health problems when they get older.
The Mayo clinic have published some very useful information in an article on their website which should also be looked at and read in order to improve your knowledge about schizophrenia.
Progress has been achieved by the team in recent years. For so long, the studies have only focused on the biological factors of schizophrenia. But because of this extensive research, the life experiences of the patient are also being tackled.
The Liverpool and Netherlands team analyzed data from almost 30 years of studies. They focused on three types of studies:
Studies that deal with the development of children who have dealt with adversities
Studies from randomly selected participants
Researches that interview psychotic patients about their childhood experiences
All of the three researches have shown conclusive results: children aged below 16 years who have experienced severe trauma are three times more likely to develop some mental problems, like schizophrenia, when they get older.
Aside from this, the team has also found out that different types of traumatic experience have also yield different psychotic symptoms. For example, they have associated hallucinations with childhood sexual abuse while paranoia is associated with children who have been raised in an orphanage.
Professor Richard Bentall of University of Liverpool’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, is acknowledging the fact that there is still a long way to go if we are to fully understand the mechanism of the brain and how it functions. Understanding the different mental illnesses, like schizophrenia, still needs further look.
However, the findings of the recent study can help them greatly to understand the development of schizophrenia to people who have not born with it in the first place. It points them to look for the experiences of the patients as well.
Schizophrenia is considered to be a very serious mental disorder that is associated with the perception of distorted reality. Understanding of the disease is still very immature and is believed to be the most disabling among all the mental illnesses known to man.
A type of psychosis, schizophrenia is a person who just can’t tell the difference between his imagined perceptions to the real thing. Most often and quite understandably, schizophrenic patients have a hard time to function normally in a society. Often, their psychotic episodes are surprising, shocking and even dangerous to others and to him as well.
It is also a general term because schizophrenia has different types that are basically categorized by symptoms. Some of the most known types of the mental disease are:
Paranoid schizophrenics who are associated with delusions
Disorganized type of schizophrenia renders patients to be confused, incoherent and hardly understandable
Catatonics are physically immobile and oblivious to his environment. They can also do one movement repeatedly. Patients suffering from this kind of schizophrenia are in risk of developing malnutrition, exhaustion or injury that is self-inflicted
Undifferentiated types are schizophrenics that can neither be described with the characteristics of the three previously mentioned types.
For more information on schizophrenia in children please check out the brilliant information that you can find over on the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry website.