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Therapies for childhood abuse may treat schizophrenia patients

Press Trust of India  |  Melbourne 

Physical, sexual and emotional abuse in childhood may lead to severe in schizophrenia, say scientists who found that symptoms of childhood trauma and can be managed with similar therapies.

including those from in and in Spain established a link between childhood trauma and some of schizophrenia's most common symptoms.

People with may now benefit from more effective, tailored treatments and greater self-empowerment, researchers said.

The study's strongest finding was that in those with were associated with all types of childhood trauma, said Sarah Bendall, at Orygen, a mental health service in

"This means there's something about childhood trauma that leads some people to develop hallucinations," Bendall said.

The meta-analysis, which analysed 29 studies on childhood trauma and psychotic symptoms, also found that childhood sexual abuse was associated with delusions.

The study, published in the journal Bulletin, provides the missing link for clinicians who have long theorised about the association between childhood trauma and and delusions.

Bendall said providing this evidence was a crucial first step in developing tailored, sensitive and effective treatments for trauma-based psychotic symptoms.

Around one in every 100 people will experience a in their lives, with the majority developing symptoms at 18-25 years old.

Psychotic symptoms can include detachment from reality, hallucinations, delusions, disorganised thinking, and lack of motivation or emotion.

Until now, treatments for trauma in have focused on rather than specific symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions.

Bendall said the new research would not only help refine treatments for patients with but may also help to empower young patients.

"When young people come to youth mental health services, we should be assessing for trauma and for emerging psychotic symptoms, and treating them as soon as they emerge," Bendall said.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 17:50 IST