Early Diagnostics Of Schizophrenia. Part 1 of 3

Early Diagnostics Of Schizophrenia – Part 1 of 3

Early Diagnostics Of Schizophrenia. Certain cognition circuits function abnormally in children at risk of developing schizophrenia, according to a new study in April 2013. These differences in understanding activity are detectable before the development of schizophrenia symptoms, such as hallucinations, paranoia and attention and memory problems. The findings suggest that brain scans may help doctors identify and help children at chance for schizophrenia, said the researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. People with a first-degree family member (such as a parent or sibling) with schizophrenia have an eight- to 12-fold increased danger of developing the mental illness.

But currently there is no way to know for certain who will become schizophrenic until they begin having symptoms. In this study, the researchers performed functional MRI brain scans on 42 children, venerable 9 to 18, while they played a game in which they had to identify a simple circle out of a lineup of emotion-triggering images, such as cute or scary animals. Half of the participants had relatives with schizophrenia.

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