Researchers at the University of Liverpool have found that children who have experienced severe trauma are three times as likely to develop schizophrenia in later life. The research was conducted by teams at Liverpool and Maastricht University in the Netherlands.  Research analyses 27,000 research papers findings from more than 30 years of studies.it explains the association between childhood trauma and the development of psychosis.

The findings shed new light on the debate about the importance of genetic and environmental triggers of psychotic disorders. For many years research mental health has focused on the biological factors behind conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and psychotic depression. Now there is an increasing evidence to suggest these conditions cannot be fully understood without first looking at the life experiences of individual patients.

This research revealed that environment is a major factor in schizophrenia.  It also explains that in psychosis there are direct links between specific experiences and symptoms of the condition. It is even more vital that psychiatric services routinely question patients about their life experience. This research proves that by counseling and changing environmental conditions we can get miraculous results. By Ammara Hashmi

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