Cure For Schizophrenia?


Will there eventually be a cure for schizophrenia? Even scientists don’t know for sure. What is known is that current treatments for schizophrenia are much better than they used to be, and medical researchers are hard at work at improving treatment options, discovering the cause or causes of schizophrenia, and coming up with new ways to predict and perhaps someday prevent the disease. Here are some of the initiatives taking place now:


The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in the United States is supporting a research project they call RAISE (Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode) that they hope will fundamentally change the prognosis of schizophrenia for newly diagnosed people. RAISE has currently contracted two independent research teams to develop and test interventions that work in real-world situations and will be easy to put in place if they are successful. The goal is to reduce long-term disability associated with schizophrenia and help schizophrenics be productive and independent.


Researchers are continuing to find new genes and genetic mutations associated with schizophrenia. Most scientists now believe that schizophrenia can be caused by a variety of genetic abnormalities--it’s possible that there are actually many different disorders that all produce the symptoms we know as schizophrenia. So far researchers have found deletions or duplications of genomic regions that appear to cause approximately 4% of schizophrenia cases. While it seems like a small number, each new bit of information adds to our knowledge of how schizophrenia develops.

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