Childhood Residential Mobility Linked to Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder


Noting that “childhood adversity is gaining increasing attention as a plausible etiological factor in the development of psychotic disorders,” researchers from Johns Hopkins, Aarhus University, and the Danish centers for Integrated Register-Based Research and Integrative Psychiatric Research find that childhood residential mobility is “associated with heightened risk of narrow and broad schizophrenia.” The research, published in Schizophrenia Research, found that the risk of psychosis grew with age – the strongest associations being found during adolescence.

Paksarian, D, Eaton1, W., Mortensen, P., Pedersen, C.; Childhood Residential Mobility, Schizophrenia, and Bipolar Disorder: A Population-based Study in Denmark. Schizophrenia Bulletin. Online June 5, 2014. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbu074

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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].


  1. “Noting that “childhood adversity is gaining increasing attention as a plausible etiological factor in the development of psychotic disorders,”

    And of course that was common sense 50 years ago. The story of our time will not be just that psychiatry was the only “medical” speciality not to advance in science, but that it knowingly went backwards and harmed and even killed (and even ruined many children and adults lives) in it’s backwards quest to increase their own profits. because, of course, medicaid and insurance companies were never going to pay them a doctors salary for helping people to come to terms with their past, something that most abused and traumatized people can do. Unlike psychiatric drug induced brain damage victims, who will continue suffering brain damage no matter what.

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    • The reality is, the psychiatric professionals have devised themselves a system which allows them to ignore their patients real life real problems. And instead defame their patients with fictitious and scientifically “lacking in validity” “disorders,” and majorly tranquilize them, so as to prevent the patients from rationally addressing their real life problems and healing.

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  2. I have also heard from other parents that school social workers target new to area families, and try to get the new kids drugged up, which is of course profitable for the schools. But I guess it’s pretty obvious, given the DSM5 and it’s desire to claim no one is “normal,” psychiatry’s actual goal is to stigmatize and drug absolutely everyone.

    What a shame for them to learn their ADHD drugs and antidepressants CAUSE their “bipolar” symptoms, and their antipsychotics CAUSE their schizophrenia symptoms and long run outcomes. Because, logically speaking, turning all of humanity into “bipolar” / “schizophrenics” isn’t really beneficial to humanity in the long run. But it is profitable for the psycho / pharmaceutical industries, the schools, the hospitals, the doctors, etc.

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    • Where do you get the research that states that teachers are in fact wanting to drug thier children for profit? Reading that medications cause people to develop Bipolar and Schizophrenia is also something that I find curious. Then what is happening when someone has syptoms of these illnesses, but have never been on any medications?

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  3. This kind of research is always hopelessly flawed due to confounding variables. And using a formal psychiatric diagnosis as an operational definition means that you’re (a) wrongly excluding those who meet the criteria but just haven’t been diagnosed; and (b) wrongly including the misdiagnosed. These scientific resources would be much better spent elsewhere.

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    • “Misdiagnosed” with a DSM disorder? According to the psychiatric industry, if you believe you were misdiagnosed, that’s proof OF your “mental illness.” And I agree, the psychiatric industry does not understand the first thing about the scientific method, it’s a terrible waste of money. Let’s feed the world instead.

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