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Study: Schizophrenia Linked to Eight Genetic Disorders, Not One

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New study suggests that the mental disorder schizophrenia is not a single disease. It is actually a group of eight genetic disorders that individually has its own distinct symptoms  (Photo: Public Domain)

New study suggests that the mental disorder schizophrenia is not a single disease. It is actually a group of eight genetic disorders that individually has its own distinct symptoms (Photo: Public Domain)

(Tech Times) – Schizophrenia is a mental disorder marked by the sufferer’s inability to distinguish what is real and is characterized by confused thinking, false beliefs, auditory hallucinations and abnormal social behavior.

Although scientists have found a link between schizophrenia and genetics and other factors, much about the condition remains a mystery. Experts, for instance, are not completely sure as to what causes the illness. The condition also manifests variably in people who have it. A new research, however, could pave way to a better understanding of the disease and hopefully lead to improved diagnoses and more effective treatment for the disorder.

A group of researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri have found that the debilitating psychotic disorder is not actually a single disease. Findings of their study suggest that schizophrenia is instead linked to eight distinct genetic disorders each with its own symptoms.

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