The University of Birmingham recently conducted a study to investigate the connection between anxiety in teenagers and people with experience psychosis.
The study reported that teenagers who presented high anxiety levels would likely become psychotic as they grew older.
The study experts also reported that treating early anxiety while focusing on the stress hormones could decrease the number of people who have psychosis.
How the researchers conducted the study
The study authors focused on a target population of people with psychotic disorders. Therefore, the study primarily focused on affected individuals at the age of 24.
Isabella Morales Munoz, one of the leading study authors, stated that physicians might have a chance to reduce the rate of psychosis by treating anxiety cases at the initial stages.
She further reiterated that the management of the early diagnosis develops new strategies and mechanisms on how to reduce the risk
The researchers reviewed previous studies and utilized their findings to develop a representation of a child’s brain. One of the researches reviewed included the Avon Longitudinal Study of parents and children.
The representation created was for children ranging from 10, 13, and 24 years. The university reported that teenagers who presented symptoms of high anxiety acquired psychosis after attaining the age of 24.
The psychotic disorder is a common cause of disability
Previous studies have also generated evidence that indicates that Psychotic disorder is among the leading causes of disability. The factors that contribute to this include childhood trauma and environmental factors.
Teenagers who develop psychosis present behavioral and emotional difficulties; the researchers reiterate that there is no connection between childhood anxiety and psychosis.
Study authors concluded that these experiences are connected with higher risk factors such as cannabis and sexual escapades.
Racheal Upthegrove highlighted that the main phases of developing high anxiety levels are teenagers and children, which lays the foundation for various mental disorders in the future.
She added that the study authors had identified a category of children and teenagers who were potential candidates for mental disorders. However, the study only identified various connections between Psychotic disorders and high anxiety levels.