Journal article

The subjective effect of antipsychotic medication on trauma-related thoughts, emotions, and physical symptoms: A qualitative study with people who have experienced childhood trauma and psychosis

Ilias Kamitsis, Louise Harms, Sarah Bendall



OBJECTIVES: Among people with psychosis, those with a history of childhood trauma are likely to experience trauma-related symptoms, such as trauma memory intrusions. Irrespective of whether these individuals continue to remember and re-experience trauma, their treatment very often includes alleviating psychotic symptoms through the use of antipsychotic medication. Antipsychotics, while primarily used to treat psychotic symptoms, can influence non-psychotic symptoms and alter how people think and feel. We thus aimed to explore how people with childhood trauma and psychosis experience the effects that antipsychotics have on their (1) thoughts, images, and memories, (2) emotions, and (3) physic..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the participants for sharing their experiences, Ms Indigo Daya for her initial input into the direction of this study, and Prahran Mission, the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council, Blue Knot Foundation, and the Psychosis and Society group for supporting and promoting this study. Ilias Kamitsis was supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award PhD scholarship. Sarah Bendall is supported by the Ronald Philip Griffiths Fellowship, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Science, at the University of Melbourne.