Persistent anxiety as a child may lead to psychosis as a young adult, new research shows

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Childhood and adolescence is the core risk phase for developing anxiety disorders which become risk factors for general mental disorders in adulthood


This makes sense and seems to weave in with the ACE score concept. I wonder what qualifies as persistent, and if the results can be the same from a major traumatic event that was not addressed in a healthy way.


So mental health issues at a young age can be a contributing factor to mental health issues at an older age? I’m just flabbergasted here.


I’m struggling with the power of this study. Out of 3,600 remaining participants at age 24, about 40 show evidence of a psychotic disorder according to the classification the authors devise. The anxiety classes are constructed within sample and the data shows that being in the small group of people assigned to the highest group is predictive for psychosis. So it sounds like that even a small perturbation of their classifications (e.g moving one or two psychotic people to the non psychotic group ) would completely change their results.


This is a dangerous and old thought pattern – treating the child’s anxious symptoms instead of fixing what is causing the anxiety. Anxiety is a reaction to a previously learned stress/trauma or bodily stressor. The child wasn’t born with anxiety as they are starting with a blank slate. But from the moment they are born, *something* happens to them that causes some sort of stress, then the stress later turns to anxiety as the child cannot explain correctly what they feel/what happened. This stress often stems from the parents. And just builds from there. If we are only treating the child’s symptoms, not only are we completely ignoring the core cause but the child often ends up feeling like they were the cause of the problem because they are the one under the spotlight, which compounds the issue. /C-PTSD rant