Unraveling the Secrets of Schizophrenia

by Rachel Baker on May 24, 2015

Schizophrenia has been a tough disorder to understand. Not only does it manifest with hallucinations and delusional thoughts, it affects thinking, memory, movement, and the ability to correctly act on social cues. Unfortunately, scientists and doctors haven’t really been able to figure out why. There’s new research, though, that seems to start to figure out how the complex symptoms of the disorder relate to brain abnormalities, which in essense will improve future treatments.

While I suspect improved future treatments are a ways off, this is good news. Maybe just beginning to understand will lead to better treatments for some of the symptoms in the short term.

Here’s the article:Schizophrenia’s secrets begin to unravel

Schizophrenia is one of psychiatry’s most puzzling afflictions, with a complex of symptoms that goes far beyond its hallmark hallucinations and delusional thinking. But new research has found connections among several of schizophrenia’s peculiar collection of symptoms — including agitation and memory problems — and linked them to a single genetic variant among the hundreds thought to heighten risk of the disorder..

The findings offer new insights into the molecular basis for schizophrenia and could lead to treatments for the disease that are more targeted and more comprehensive.

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