Childhood Trauma May Be Common In Affective Disorders, Schizophrenia.

MedWire (8/28, Cowen) reports, “More than four-fifths of patients with schizophrenia spectrum or affective disorders have a history of childhood trauma (CT),” according to a study published online Aug. 15 in the journal Comprehensive Psychiatry. In “305 psychiatric patients from three major hospitals in Oslo, the team found that 250 (82%) had experienced at least one type of CT, 49 (16%) had experienced two types, 58 (19%) three types, 52 (17%) four types, and 27 (9%) had experienced five types of trauma.” The study authors concluded, “Clinicians should be alert of childhood abuse in [the] severely mentally ill, as the consequences may contribute to the clinical picture and may require special attention and measures to be taken into treatment.”

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— “Childhood trauma common in schizophrenia, affective disorders, “Mark Cowen, MedWire News, August 28, 2012.

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