References What is schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder that has been recognized throughout recorded history. It affects about 1 percent of Americans.
It has been suspected for over a century that schizophrenia and manic-depressive disorder bipolar disorder are disorders of the brain. Browne, the best-known English psychiatrist of his generation, wrote: Amariah Brigham, one of the founders of American psychiatry, also wrote that insanity "is now considered a physical disorder, a disease of the brain.
Since the early s, with the availability of brain imaging techniques and other developments in neuroscience, the evidence has become overwhelming that schizophrenia and manic-depressive disorder are disorders of the brain.
Additional research done during the past decade has revealed that schizophrenia is caused by a combination of genetic or biological predisposition as well as other factors such as prepregnancy factorspregnancy stress, other prenatal factorssocial stressfamily stress or environmental stressors during a person's life.
Research has now shown that children's and teen's brains are very sensitive to stress up to 5 to 10 times more sensitive than adult brains and can be damaged by frequent or ongoing stress. To learn more about the causes of schizophrenia, and how to prevent it - read these two documents: Causes of SchizophreniaPrevention of Schizophrenia.
A brief summary of some of the evidence that proves this point follows. Significant Loss of Brain Gray Matter: Individuals with schizophrenia, including those who have never been treated, have a reduced volume of gray matter in the brain, especially in the temporal and frontal lobes.
The damage started in the parietal, or outer, regions of the brain but spread to the rest of the brain over a five year period. Patients with the worst brain tissue loss also had the worst symptoms, which included hallucinations, delusions, bizarre and psychotic thoughts, hearing voices, and depression.
Please note that while there is significant loss of brain gray matter, this is not a reason to lose all hope. In recent September, group of presentations and discussion we had with Dr.
Daniel Weinberger and other leading National Institute of Mental Health NIMH schizophrenia researchers, we learned that there are reasons to believe that this gray matter loss may be reversable.
Moreover, the NIMH is currently researching a drug that seems to have potential for reversing the cognitive decline that is caused by schizophrenia, and there are many drug companies also now researching in this area.
It is anticipated that we will see some significant announcements related to these develpments in the next few years. To see more images of brains that are suffering from schizophrenia, go to: The Image Source is: Laboratory of Neuro ImagingUCLA, Derived from high-resolution magnetic resonance images MRI scansthe above images were created after repeatedly scanning 12 schizophrenia subjects over five years, and comparing them with matched 12 healthy controls, scanned at the same ages and intervals.
Severe loss of gray matter is indicated by red and pink colors, while stable regions are in blue. This study was of Childhood onset schizophrenia which occurs in 1 of every 40, people and is frequently a significantly more aggressive form of schizophrenia than later onset schizophrenia which afflicts approximately 1 of every people.
Schizophrenia is equally common in men and women, affecting about one percent of the population, although the age of onset is usually about 10 years later in women than men. Some research suggests that women tend to have more paranoid delusions and hallucinations, where as men often experience more negative and disorganized symptoms. Schizophrenia is defined as a mental or brain disorder that causes one to suffer symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized speech and behavior. Read about treatment of schizophrenics, types, and testing. While the therapeutic effects of cannabinoids are more widely acknowledged, we know a part of you may still be hesitant. Unfortunately, there’s still a slight stigma attached to the use of cannabinoids, and you may not be convinced it’s right for you or your family.
A Sample of Recent Relevant Research:Schizophrenia is a disabling, chronic, and severe mental illness that affects more than 21 million people around the world.
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Emerging study results suggest that there are both clinical and biological links between autism and schizophrenia. The question regarding whether there is phenotypic overlap or comorbidity between autism and schizophrenia dates back to , when Kanner 1 first used the term “autism” to describe.
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