Psychosis and Stressful Events


A review of research from 1968 to 2012, by researchers at King’s College in London, finds that there have been few studies that assessed the role of adult life events in the onset of psychosis, and that of those the methodological quality was low. However, the researchers concluded, there was some evidence that reported exposure to stressful adult life events “was associated with increased risk of psychotic disorder and subclinical psychotic experiences.” Results appear in the July issue of 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].