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Is Schizophrenia really 8 disorders, and not just 1?

By September 16, 2014 - 11:48am
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I read an article today about a breakthrough study in schizophrenia. The study said that schizophrenia is more complex than a lot of people thought, and that it is really eight disorders, not just one. Could you tell me some more about this study?

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Hi Ali,

Thank you so much for sharing your question and bringing up this study! I went online and found the press release from Washington University in St. Louis where the research was done- https://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/27358.aspx

According to the research, yes, Schizophrenia is not a single disease, but 8, each with its own set of symptoms. "The finding could be a first step toward improved diagnosis and treatment for the debilitating psychiatric illness," says the researchers.

Here is a link to the study from the American Journal of Psychiatry- http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/article.aspx?articleID=1882901 

Improving the diagnosis and finding better ways to treat the illness is a major breakthrough!

Thank you for your question Ali!



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