Huge developments have occurred medicine in recent decades, but not for schizophrenia. People who live with this debilitating disease often receive treatments that are based on developments from the 1950s. Researchers say new research into the genetic components of this disease could lead to a better understanding of the causes and new treatments.
Schizophrenia affects about 1 percent of the population. It can cause hallucinations such as voices, delusions, disorganized thinking, and agitated body movements. Symptoms can start when people are in their teens, although a diagnosis most often happens after age 45. Treatment of choice right now includes therapy and antipsychotic drugs. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, treatment can relieve many symptoms, but most people will have symptoms throughout their lives.
Recently, researchers identified the genetic roots of schizonophrenia, which could lead to better treatments. According to an article in CNN, scientists examined the DNA in 150,000 people and linked schizophrenia to 108 spots in human DNA. Previously, researchers had identified 30 spots. A co-author of the study said that knowing the genetic makeup of schizophrenia can help create better treatments. Another study author said the development of treatments for schizophrenia has not changed much in 60 years. The information obtained in the study could change that, he said.
Because the disease is so severe, people who live with schizophrenia may have a hard time working. According to an article in everydayhealth.com, an estimated 10 to 27 percent of people with schizophrenia are able to work. As a result of the severity of this illness, many people with schizophrenia apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.
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