Scientists find biological markers for Psychotic Disorder
researchers have identified biological markers that can help scientists in identifying mental disorders with very high precision. According to researchers from the University of Georgia, the study will help in improved diagnostics and better treatment for patients suffering with mental disorders.

In a new find, researchers have identified biological markers that can help scientists in identifying mental disorders with very high precision. According to researchers from the University of Georgia, the study will help in improved diagnostics and better treatment for patients suffering with mental disorders.

“Psychiatry still relies on symptoms as the basis of a diagnosis. It would be like using the presence of fever to diagnose a specific infection. We need some means to help us more accurately differentiate mental disorders,” explained study’s lead author Brett Clementz, professor of psychology.

Clementz and his colleagues created an experimental programme that uses neurobiological measures rather than symptoms to identify disease types.

They focused exclusively on patients suffering from psychosis – a broad category of mental disorder that includes schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder with psychosis – to see if they could improve upon existing methods.

The research team recruited more than 700 patients with psychosis and some of their first-degree relatives –a parent, sibling or child – as well as a control group of healthy individuals.

Each participant went through a battery of tests designed to assess their cognitive abilities.

“We were better able to predict who had family histories of psychoses, structural brain abnormalities and measures of social functioning,” Clementz noted.

This project may inspire a renewed interest in psychiatric drug development, which has been stymied recently by a lack of clear biological targets.

“We are a long way from identifying specific disease mechanisms but we are a step closer than we were when we focused on clinical symptoms alone,” the authors noted in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

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  • Psychiatry as well as psychology are basically nonsense. Both of these insane subjects needs verification from people who do not eek their livelihood from these formal qualifications.

    There is not an iota of an idea as to what are the software codes that connects the trillions of cells in the brain and multiple times that number of cells in the human body. There is no understanding at what location this software connects with the codes of reality. And how the codes in language do interact with both. It might indeed be difficult to find psychiatrists as well as psychologists who have any information on software.

    With mere superficial level of erroneous understandings, quackery is being accorded the status of profundity.

    Most of the symptoms of so-called schizophrenia, can be induced in anyone by mere use of certain verbal codes in feudal languages, if the person understands the language. This information might be quite new knowledge for these ‘learned’ quacks.