Judge Agrees with Psychiatrist says Man's Schizophrenia is caused by Trauma from Sexual Abuse in Childhood

Judge Agrees with Psychiatrist says Man's Schizophrenia is caused by Trauma from Sexual Abuse in ChildhoodA judge has lined in support of an ACC applicant in a case likely to have 'enormous' consequences for the way mental health patients are treated.

The decision was released recently. In the decision, Judge Grant Powell in the Wellington District Court agreed with a psychiatrist who said that trauma from sexual abuse in childhood is responsible for causing a man's schizophrenia.

Two ACC-employed psychiatrists had earlier said there were no facts to prove that schizophrenia was not associated with a biological condition which is inherited from ancestors and the man's abuse is not linked with the condition.

However, the judge agreed with researchers who say disturbing events can cause psychosis.

In the year 2011, ACC made a decision that it would not cover the allowance of a man who was sexually abused in childhood. It said that his schizophrenia was not connected to his covered injury, but it was a significant history of sexual abuse between five and 13 years of age.

The research includes the work of clinical psychologist John Read.

The research has been led by John Read to show a connection between childhood sexual, physical abuse and psychotic symptoms, including schizophrenia.

"With due respect to my colleagues who undertook the prior psychiatric reports . . . their opinion that sexual abuse is not causally related to schizophrenia is not evidence based", says psychiatrist David Codyre who provided a report that completely opposed the earlier psychiatrists.

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