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Mental Health After Child Abuse

According to a new study, a history of child abuse significantly impacts the wide range of challenges facing depressed inpatients.

Included are an increase in suicide attempts, prevalence of substance use disorder, and a higher incidence rate of personality disorder.

Additionally, these victims also had an earlier onset of mental illness and an increase in psychiatric hospitalizations for psychiatric issues.

The impact of child abuse already is known to increase the risk of suicide, however the literature about other characteristics of depressed victims of child abuse is scarce. Although the findings of the Mayo study do not confirm causality, the information stresses the importance of more aggressive approaches from the public health perspective to prevent child abuse.

“A history of child abuse makes most psychiatric illnesses worse,” according to Magdalena Romanowicz, M.D., lead author of the study.

“We found that it significantly impacts the wide range of characteristics of depressed inpatients including increased risk of suicide attempt, substance abuse, as well as earlier onset of mental illness and more psychiatric hospitalizations.

This new information serves as a reminder of the importance of child abuse prevention from a public health perspective.”

Dr. Romanowicz says plans are under way to further examine the association between child abuse and mental illness in a larger study of patients.

The Mayo Clinic study was presented at the American Psychiatric Association 2009 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Source: Mayo Clinic

Mental Health After Child Abuse

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Mental Health After Child Abuse. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 20, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2009/05/22/mental-health-after-child-abuse/6043.html

 

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