Psychotic-Like Experiences Can Begin in Childhood

Psychotic-Like Experiences Can Begin in Childhood ...

Environmental and socio-economic factors such as income disparity, family poverty, and air pollution have increased the possibility of persons developing psychotic-like experiences, such as subtle hallucinations and delusions, which can lead to a schizophrenia diagnosis later in life. Despite the ABCD research, researchers at the University of Rochester have discovered that these risk factors can be observed in pre-adolescent children.

According to Abhishek Saxena, a graduate student in Psychology at the University of Rochester and the first author of the study recently published inFrontiers in Psychiatry, these findings could have a significant impact on public health initiatives. Although previously, the biological factors that have influenced the development of schizophrenia spectrum disorders have been extensive, we now know that social and environmental factors can also affect individuals starting at a very young age.

Researchers examined data collected from 8,000 kids who participated in the ABCD study. They found that the more urban a child developed in proximity to roads, houses with lead paint hazards, families in poverty, and income disparity the greater number of psychotic like experiences they had in childhoods.

According to David Dodell-Feder, the relationship between these exposures and psychotic experiences is already evident in late childhood. The fact that these exposures might occur as early as early childhood demonstrates the importance of early prevention.

The National Institute of Mental Health has supported this study.

The University of Rochester Medical Center is one of the country''s 21 research centres that have collected data for the National Institutes of Health ABCD study. In total, 340 children from the Greater Rochester area have been participating in the 10-year study. In total, the study is focusing on how biological development, behaviors, and experiences influence brain maturation and other aspects of their lives, including academic achievement, social development, and overall health.

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