Paranoid schizophrenia sexual abuse
Childhood sexual abuse is a strong predictor of schizophrenia in later life, a leading psychiatrist has told the International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists The worse the abuse, the more it increases the risk of developing psychosis. Someone who has experienced non-consensual sexual intercourse before the age of 16 is 10 times more likely to develop the mental disorder. This is especially significant because sexual abuse is common in childhood. Eight in every people have experienced molestation while one per cent of men and three per cent of women report having had non-consensual sexual intercourse under the age of It is possible to calculate that if childhood sexual abuse ceased, there might be as much as a 17 per cent reduction in people suffering from schizophrenia.
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Although child abuse has been firmly tied to other mental health problems — including depression, anxiety and suicide — the link to psychotic illnesses has long been a subject of debate. The new study shows sexual assaults more than doubled the odds that a child would develop schizophrenia as an adult — from less than 1 in 0. The risk was higher still if the assault involved penetration or multiple perpetrators, or took place in the early teenage years. Nearly one in five adults who had been raped by more than one person between ages 13 and 15 developed schizophrenia or another psychotic illness, Margaret Cutajar, of Monash University in Victoria, and colleagues found. In their report, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, they say the new results cannot prove a cause-and-effect relationship between the abuse and the later psychoses, but at the very least they may help point to a group of people who would benefit from professional help. That design makes the study stand out, because the intersection between mental health problems and childhood abuse is a difficult area to investigate, said Mark Shevlin, a professor of psychology at the University of Ulster in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. And recall, he added, is not always trustworthy.
Children who experience severe forms of abuse are around three times as likely to develop schizophrenia and related psychoses in later life compared with children who do not experience such abuse, according to a study that has brought together psychiatric data from almost 80, people. The results add to a growing body of evidence that childhood maltreatment or abuse can raise the risk of developing mental illnesses in adulthood, including depression, personality disorders and anxiety. Prof Richard Bentall of the University of Liverpool's Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, who led the study, showed that the risk of developing psychosis increased in line with the amount of abuse or trauma a child had gone through, with the most severely affected children having a fold increased risk compared with children who had suffered no abuse.
Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that affects the way a person behaves, thinks, and sees the world. People with paranoid schizophrenia have an altered perception of reality. This can cause relationship problems, disrupt normal daily activities like bathing, eating, or running errands, and lead to alcohol and drug abuse in an attempt to self-medicate.