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  • J Neuropsychopharmacol Mental Health,
  • DOI: 10.4172/2472-095X.1000107

Childhood Trauma and Major Mental Illness Integration of Psychopharmacology with Psychological Treatments

Joan Haliburn*
Department of Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry, University of Sydney, Australia
*Corresponding Author : Joan Haliburn, Department of Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry, University of Sydney, Mental Health Sciences Building, 5 Fleet Street, Parramatta 2150, New South Wales, Australia, Tel: 61-2-98403335, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Feb 29, 2016 / Accepted Date: Mar 16, 2016 / Published Date: Mar 21, 2016

Abstract

Effective treatment of major mental illness in children, adolescents and adults poses a continuing challenge to psychiatry, and unaddressed childhood trauma plays an important role in this challenge. The aim of this communication is based on an earlier paper, is to highlight research that has been carried out on the relationship between childhood maltreatment and major mental illness, and the emphasis placed on treatment of mental illness almost exclusively with pharmacotherapy while paying lip-service to psychological therapies, including dynamic psychotherapy. This is in spite of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) Studies of 1998 and 2010, which demonstrate links between childhood trauma and mental illness. I have chosen to use depression as an example because of its common occurrence, increasing morbidity and cost to services globally.

Keywords: Trauma; Attachment; Pharmacotherapy; Psychotherapy; Mental illness

Citation: Haliburn J (2016) Childhood Trauma and Major Mental Illness – Integration of Psychopharmacology with Psychological Treatments. J Neuropsychopharmacol Mental Health 1: 107. Doi: 10.4172/2472-095X.1000107

Copyright: © 2016 Haliburn J. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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