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Child Abuse a Plausible Reason for Schizophrenia

by Medindia Content Team on June 17, 2006 at 2:13 PM
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Child Abuse a Plausible Reason for Schizophrenia

Paul Hammersley, of the University of Manchester, and Dr. John Read, from the University of Auckland, New Zealand argued at the medical conferences in London and Madrid about the link between child abuse which results in schizophrenia. They had reviewed 40 studies of psychiatric patients and found that they were sexually or physically abused during their childhood. When reviewed 13 different studies of schizophrenics, they found that the abuse rates varied from 51 - 91%. They said that schizophrenic symptoms may actually be caused by trauma.

In conclusion they said that these patients who are suffering from schizophrenia or admitted in the mental asylum should be approached keeping in mind the new finding rater than giving mood-altering drugs. Hammersley said that genes may also play an important role in schizophrenia. Through research so far only Alzheimer's disease was found to be associated with a single gene when compared to other mental illness. Schizophrenics hear voices, suffer hallucinations and delusions and have difficulty with memory and intellectual functioning. These patients should be questioned about any kind of abuse in their lifetime and should be offered psychological therapies.

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