Navigation Links
Paranoia Common After Mugging, Study Says
Date:3/27/2013

WEDNESDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- People who have been mugged or randomly attacked can remain highly distrustful of others long after the incident, a new study finds.

The findings reveal a previously under-recognized effect of physical assault and could help improve therapy for victims, the British researchers said.

Their study included more than 100 people treated at a hospital for minor injuries suffered during a mugging or physical assault. The participants were monitored for the next six months.

Four out of five victims said that since the assault, they were more fearful of other people than they wanted to be, according to the study, which was published March 27 in the journal Psychological Medicine.

Factors that resulted in strong feelings of mistrust lasting for six months included: being attacked close to home, feeling defeated at the time, excessive worry afterward, feeling unsupported by others and sleeping problems.

It is well known that suffering a physical assault can cause symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, but this is the first study to show that excessive mistrust of other people, or paranoia, can last for months after an assault, the researchers said.

"It is very understandable that being attacked makes us wary of the people around us. Our mindset may become more like that of a bodyguard, vigilant for danger," study leader Daniel Freeman, a professor at the University of Oxford, said in a Wellcome Trust news release.

"When we are overly mistrustful, that is a form of paranoia," Freeman said. "It may well be a normal temporary change in our thinking after being a victim of attack."

The danger of such thoughts, however, is that people may end up isolating themselves from others and dwell only on the worst, said Freeman, who led the study while at the Institute of Psychiatry of King's College London.

"It is an under-recognized problem in the aftermath of an attack," he said.

More information

The National Crime Prevention Council outlines ways to protect yourself from violent crime.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Wellcome Trust, news release, March 26, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Texting in College Classrooms Common, Distracting
2. Recovery from propofol anesthesia may be sped by use of common stimulant
3. Long-term neuropsychological impairment is common in acute lung injury survivors
4. Overuse Injuries Common Among Female College Athletes
5. Common Blood Pressure Drug Safe for Heart Failure: Study
6. Test links strains of common parasite to severe illness in US newborns
7. Common Plastics Chemical Might Boost Diabetes Risk
8. Off-Label Drug Use Appears Common
9. Global, common approach to pharmaceutical supply chain integrity the focus of workshop
10. Slow-growing babies more likely in normal-weight women; Less common in obese pregnancies
11. Common Blood Pressure Drugs May Not Cut Colon Cancer Risk
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Paranoia Common After Mugging, Study Says
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... Indiana Fiber Network (IFN) President and CEO Kelly ... Dyer started as the Chairman of the Management Committee when IFN was originally ... including the recruitment of investor/owners and development of the business plan. He became ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 24, 2017 , ... ... in Charlevoix, once again hosted their Military Wedding Giveaway, with the winning couple ... by Castle Farms with services generously donated from local vendors: A Matter of ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... The ... funding innovative lymphoma research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series ... La Gorce Country Club in Miami Beach to host its Swirl: Miami Wine ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) , ... February 23, 2017 , ... ... pleased to announce that they are sponsoring a raffle. Throughout the month of February, ... Winners will receive a gift card for a dinner for two at the Cheesecake ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... Dr. David Mahon leads Siena Dental, a comprehensive ... was named a 2017 Top Patient Rated Henderson Dentist by Find Local ... recognizes local physicians and dentists who have earned high ratings and superior patient reviews ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/24/2017)... Feb 24, 2017 Research and Markets has announced ... - 2016" report to their offering. ... The latest research Dry eye Drugs Price Analysis and ... Dry eye market. The research answers the following questions: ... and their clinical attributes? How are they positioned in the Global Dry ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... 23, 2017 The U.S. Food and ... BC Kit, performed on the Pheno System. This ... cause bloodstream infections and provide information about which ... (antibiotic sensitivity). The test also reduces the amount ... information, which can guide antibiotic treatment recommendations more ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... 23, 2017  This report analyzes the worldwide markets ... Products: Intermediates, Analytical, and Others. The ... Pharmaceuticals, and Agrochemicals. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics ... Europe , and Rest of World. Annual ... through 2022. Also, a six-year historic analysis is provided ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: