Specific Early-Life Adversities Lead to Specific Symptoms of Psychosis


Researchers in the U.K. (lead by Richard Bentall) found that specific childhood adversities were significantly associated with specific forms of psychosis in adulthood in a review of the 2007 adult psychiatric morbidity survey. Those exposed to childhood rape were 9 times more likely to experience hallucinations, 3 times more likely to receive a diagnosis of schizophrenia, and being brought up in institutional care was associated with an 11 times greater risk of paranoia. There was a dose-response relationship observed between the number of childhood traumas and the risk of the symptom. Results will appear in Schizophrenia Bulletin.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].