Childhood Emotional Abuse Associated With BD.

Medscape (4/30, Lowry) reports, “Emotional abuse experienced in childhood, especially in children aged five years and younger, confers an increased risk for bipolar disorder [BD],” according to research presented April 24 at the 14th International Congress on Schizophrenia Research. The study involved more than 700 patients and controls. “Regression analysis showed that children who were emotionally abused were more than twice as likely to develop bipolar disorder (odds ratio [OR], 2.14; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.51 – 3.02).”

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