U.S. scientists have learned how to identify schizophrenia in children

According to American scientists, the recording of brain activity helps to identify children who are prone to the development of schizophrenia. This conclusion scientists came after he spent MRI of the brain 42 children and adolescents in the age group from 9 to 18 years. The scan was performed at the time when children played in a given researchers the game. Half of the study participants had relatives with a diagnosis of "schizophrenia". In children and adolescents who had relatives with schizophrenia, the scan revealed differences in the activity of certain brain areas.

Scientists from the University of North Carolina say that the obtained results will help to identify children with schizophrenia, as well as to help them in the future. Its symptoms are detected in humans before the appearance of the disease. These are: paranoia, hallucinations, memory impairment. The people closest relatives who have schizophrenia (parents or brother), almost 12 times more likely to develop disorders of mental character. However, there is no method that would give the opportunity to find out for sure, will develop the disease or not, until then, until obvious symptoms.

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According to data provided by the U.S. national Institute of mental health, schizophrenia is manifested at the age of twenty years, and in men the symptoms occur earlier than in women. This disease rarely develops in children or aged 45 years.

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