According to the Mayo Clinic, people with schizophrenia often experience a combination of hallucinations, delusions, and disordered thinking and behavior, all of which can be severely disabling.
"In a small study of patients referred to the Johns Hopkins Early Psychosis Intervention Clinic... researchers report that about half the people referred to the clinic with a schizophrenia diagnosis didn’t actually have schizophrenia" https://t.co/zHcYpuF63L— Jesse Z Mann (@zookmann) April 24, 2019
Study Suggests Overdiagnosis of #Schizophrenia - Reported Symptoms of #Anxiety and Hearing Voices Most Common Reasons for #Misdiagnosis by Non-Specialty #Physicians https://t.co/k0Px5Xb1tU pic.twitter.com/1ZODNtujU8— ClinicTracker EHR (@ClinicTracker) April 25, 2019
While those diagnosed with the disorder require lifelong treatment, early treatment may ease symptoms and improve future outlook.
The new Vanderbilt research, published last week in the journal Nature Neuroscience, offers “a hint of how to potentially develop intervention strategies,” senior author Bingshan Li said in a university article.
For the study, Li and his colleagues developed a computation framework called the “Integrative Risk Genes Selector,” which collected previously reported genetic knowledge data of loci (or fixed positions on a chromosome) associated with schizophrenia. They also pulled data from their own supporting evidence.
https://t.co/x5JPxeKgNm A study of Canadian families beginning in the 1970s shows that growing up in poverty raises the risk of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and related mental illnesses in later life. #sciencenews pic.twitter.com/fOV7KFRW7f— Science news (@UpdateonScience) April 24, 2019
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The team ultimately found 104 genes with high rates of mutation, and one of the genes may play a role in the development of autism spectrum disorder.
Currently, there is no cure for schizophrenia, though antipsychotic medications can help relieve symptoms. The new research, however, supports the view that schizophrenia is a developmental disease that can potentially be detected or treated before an individual experiences symptoms, which typically emerge between ages 16 and 30.
“It’s an ambitious goal … (but) by understanding the mechanism, drug development could be more targeted,” Li said.
Poor medication adherence, but not baseline symptoms of #psychosis or #depression, found to predict injurious #violence among patients with #schizophrenia, @YalePsych study finds. https://t.co/i70F45V9g1 #ForensicPsychiatry pic.twitter.com/vxoSK72GVP— The American Journal of Psychiatry (@AmJPsychiatry) April 25, 2019
As the caregiver of someone with #schizophrenia, you are aware of the process of finding the right #treatment. A recent study revealed that schizophrenia could eventually be diagnosed through #MRI, helping people get the treatment they need sooner. https://t.co/7lI3AgKa35— Early Intervention in Psychosis (@EPI_Canada) April 25, 2019
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