Breaking The Code On Schizophrenia

An article appearing in the website of the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (www.bbrfoundation.org ) points to a discovery in the quest to find what causes schizophrenia. Apparently scientists at a university in Indiana have found the genes most likely to result in this life-changing and potentially debilitating illness. While the article states “ ‘genes are not destiny, ’ ” the findings appear to be another step in pinpointing causes, possibly better treatments, and, who knows, maybe even a cure. Epigenetics is a word I’ve heard oftentimes lately regarding schizophrenia and mental illnesses. People who are biologically susceptible (due to genetics) may also have something occur in their lives (the environmental part, which can be anything from prenatal viruses to trauma to drugs). Taken together, this combination may trigger illness later on in their lives. While this discovery may just be a baby step or a knockout punch remains to be seen. Everything takes time and maybe those living today will not personally benefit, then again we can cross out fingers and hope. The link to the article is as follows:

http://www.thebalitimes.com/2012/05/21/scientists-pinpoint-schizophrenia-genes/

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About waywardweed

I am a consumer and parent of two sons, one with a mental illness and the other a third-year law student.
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4 Responses to Breaking The Code On Schizophrenia

  1. I always have hope for more research to be helpful. My brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia about 19 years ago. He is doing so much better now on new meds than those first ones they tried long ago. Every year or so another new med is released from trials and his doctors see how they help him with symptoms or with having less side effects. One is really messing with his blood sugar right now, and they are struggling to find a balance. So we remain hopeful that new understanding, treatments, and meds are on the horizon for my brother to live the bets life possible for him.

  2. waywardweed says:

    My son was diagnosed, also 19 years ago, and has had trouble with blood sugar. He takes Zyprexa and Lithium because he is court ordered to or else he would stop. What an awful illness!

  3. Interesting article. Thanks for sharing. The whole area of “gene expression” is an area of research we can expect to hear a lot about in the future. Why does psychosis look different in someone who develops schizophrenia at a young age as opposed to someone who develops psychosis much later as a result of Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s? Some interesting new drugs currently being tested on Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s patients may point the way to better meds for Schizophrenia.

  4. Thanks so much for sharing the article from our website. More great research is being done every week and we are constantly posting new results and findings. Please visit http://bbrfoundation.org/brain-matters for the latest research on brain and behavior disorders.

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