MAR 10, 2016 11:54 AM PST

Understanding Schizophrenia

WRITTEN BY: Jennifer Ellis
Childhood schizophrenia is a severe brain disorder which causes children to interpret reality abnormally. This type of mental condition is characterized by degeneration of thinking, motor, and emotional processes and has a profound impact on a child's behavior and development.

Schizophrenia does not have a defined cause. However, certain risk factors such as genes and environment or different brain chemistry and structure seem to have a correlation. Certain influences that contribute to the risk of developing schizophrenia include: exposure to viruses, malnutrition before birth, problems during birth, psychosocial factors, and an imbalance in the chemical reactions of the brain involving the neurotransmitters dopamine and glutamate.

There is no known cure yet, but childhood schizophrenia is controllable with the help of behavioral therapies and medications. New research in the field has seen improvements in cognition using immunotherapy. In another study, researchers have successfully disrupted a genetic chain of events in a mouse model of schizophrenia and reversed memory deficits, one of the disorder's most difficult-to-treat symptoms. Science is moving towards improved treatments to help those with this debilitating disorder.
To learn more about psychiatric disorders and the latest in Neuroscience research, join us for free at the LabRoots Neuroscience virtual conference coming up March 16th-17th, 2016.

Source links:
https://www.dubaichronicle.com
https://www.nami.org
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
https://faculty.washington.edu
https://schizophrenia.com
https://psychcentral.com
https://www.aacap.org
https://www.healthyplace.com
https://www.who.int

"Copy + Paste" the code below to embed this infographic into your website.

About the Author
  • I love all things science and am passionate about bringing science to the public through writing. With an M.S. in Genetics and experience in cancer research, marketing and technical writing, it is a pleasure to share the latest trends and findings in science on LabRoots.
You May Also Like
JAN 01, 2016
Health & Medicine
JAN 01, 2016
Let Hunger Be Your Guide
Potato chips, bacon, milk chocolate - all are examples convenient foods engineered for maximum tastiness. Widespread advertisements incessantly bombard con...
JUN 01, 2016
Infographics
JUN 01, 2016
What About Pluto?
Pluto has been front and center to many recent space discoveries, and it seems we actually learned quite a bit for something so far away. NASA’s New...
FEB 21, 2017
Cancer
FEB 21, 2017
Our Shot To Cure Cancer
Cancer took an estimated 600,000 lives in the United States alone in 2016–costing Americans and their families roughly $88.7 billion in cancer care....
MAY 30, 2017
Infographics
MAY 30, 2017
Bringing ALS to Life: What You Need to Know
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was a success, raising over $115 million for research and patient services, but what’s next? While the challenge increas...
OCT 05, 2017
Infographics
OCT 05, 2017
20 Cancer Facts You Should Know
Cancer touches the lives of most people in the world in one way or another. From family members, friends, or colleagues who have been diagnosed, fought and...
NOV 09, 2018
Infographics
NOV 09, 2018
Forensics & Forensic Science
Interested in Forensic Science? Dive into our newest infographic, where you'll learn about the history of forensics, the different disciplines and more...
Loading Comments...