Childhood trauma increases the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder in response to first-episode psychosis
The experience of an acute psychotic episode and its treatment for the first time, can be so traumatic that up to one in two people report post-traumatic symptoms or disorder as a consequence.
Both childhood trauma and consequent PTSD dramatically raised the risk of developing post-psychotic PTSD. Further, no illness factor (DUP, psychosis symptom severity and age of onset) could explain the elevated risk. This suggests it is the direct effect of both childhood trauma and childhood trauma-related PTSD that raises the risk of post-psychotic PTSD rather than an indirect effect of childhood trauma and its consequences impacting on the severity of the acute psychotic illness.