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Schizophrenia Is Really Eight Distinct Disorders, Study Suggests

I got such a positive response on this article I decided to re-blog it! 😃

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“Rather than a single disease, schizophrenia can actually be broken down into eight genetically distinct disorders, according to research published in the online American Journal of Psychiatry.

Investigators came to their findings after analyzing DNA variations in 4,200 people with schizophrenia and 3,800 healthy control subjects and matching those variations to symptoms in individual patients.

In doing so, they identified distinct gene clusters that seem to cause eight separate types of the disorder, each with its own particular symptoms.

“What we’ve done here, after a decade of frustration in the field of psychiatric genetics, is identify the way genes interact with each other, how the ‘orchestra’ is either harmonious and leads to health, or disorganized in ways that lead to distinct classes of schizophrenia,” said senior investigator C. Robert Cloninger, MD, PhD, the Wallace Renard Professor of Psychiatry and Genetics at the Washington University School of Medicine in St…

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A Tale of Two Physicians: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

I have had similar experiences with many different doctors, myself.

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