Schizophrenia May Be Eight Distinct Conditions

Rather than being a single condition, new research published in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests that schizophrenia may be a group of eight genetically different diseases – each with their own symptoms.

Schizophrenia affects about 1% of the world’s population. Previous research has suggested that 80% of the risk for having schizophrenia is hereditary. Historically though, scientists have struggled to pinpoint which genes increase risk for schizophrenia.

Despite this, in 2014, researchers from Cardiff University School of Medicine in the UK reported that they had linked 108 genes – 83 of them newly discovered – to schizophrenia.

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