Childhood Trauma And Bipolar Disorder

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Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Sara Larsson and colleagues have recently published an article entitledPatterns of childhood adverse events are associated with clinical characteristics of bipolar disorder‘ in the journal BMC Psychiatry 2013, 13:97. 

Larson et al concludes that their ‘results suggest that childhood trauma is associated with a more severe course of bipolar illness. Further, childhood abuse (physical and sexual), as well as emotional abuse and neglect were significantly associated with accelerating staging process of bipolar disorder. By using specific trauma factors (physical abuse, sexual abuse and emotional abuse/neglect) the associations become both more precise, and diverse‘.
Further information on methodology and findings can be accessed here: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-244X/13/97/abstract
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