Childhood Experience, Bipolar Disorder & Co-Occurring Medical Conditions

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Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Research recently published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, and reported by Liam Davenport on http://www.news-medical.net, suggests that childhood adversity, including verbal, physical, or sexual abuse, is associated with the later development of multiple medical co-morbidities in patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

The results also showed that the prevalence of 16 medical conditions was significantly increased with increasing tCAS [total childhood adversity score], and included allergies, arthritis, asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic menstrual irregularities, fibromyalgia, head injury without loss of consciousness, hypertension, hypotension, irritable bowel syndrome and migraine headache.

You can read the entire article here.

 

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One thought on “Childhood Experience, Bipolar Disorder & Co-Occurring Medical Conditions

  1. Look to the nerves of the autonomic nervous system for comorbid medical conditions. If the nerves of the brain are firing inappropriately, nerves of the autonomic system are too. All of the major organ systems are connected to the autonomic system, so it should be no surprise that they may also become ill.

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