Monday, September 22, 2008

Child abuse and OCD

Childhood trauma - physical, emotional or sexual abuse, and emotional or physical neglect - has been linked to a variety of mental-health problems including depression, anxiety and eating and personality disorders. However, the relationship between childhood trauma and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has not been well studied. A U.S. study of 938 college students found that 13-30% of them met the criteria for childhood trauma with emotional neglect the most commonly reported experience. There was an association between emotional abuse, physical abuse and high levels of OCD symptoms which remained significant even after allowing for the effects of co-occuring anxiety. There were also associations between emotional neglect, sexual abuse and conscientiousness and between conscientiousness and OCD symptoms suggesting that this could be an indirect route by which childhood trauma leads to OCD.

Mathews, Carol A., Kaur, Nirmaljit and Stein, Murray B. - Childhood trauma and obsessive-compulsive disorder Depression and Anxiety 25(9), 742-751


Mr . X = 15 said...

no1 comments, same as mine

whats the point in spending time doing this if no1 knows?

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dana said...

because if they find a link, it helps to make sense. the hardest thing about mental illness, is not being able to make sense of it.

Yaneth said...

Dana: Actually, it IS hard for people that have that problem to make sense of it, they could feel neglected by others that do try to make sense of it, when really, they're just trying to understand it in order to help. But that link really does make sense. OCD could be something that they can control when in their lives they weren't able to control what was happening around them or to them. Doesn't mean they did it consciously. It could also be a way of coping, something that the mind does to deal with it, something that makes them feel better.