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DISEASE STUDIES

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a chronic mental disorder, severe and disabling, that affects close to 1% of the population. The persons who suffer from schizophrenia often hear voices that others do no hear, think that others can read their mind, control their thoughts or conspire to harm them. This can cause fear and turn those affected by the illness into withdrawn and easily irritable persons.

Schizophrenia affects men and women equally. Symptoms like hallucinations and delirium generally start between ages 16 – 30 and men tend to exhibit the symptoms earlier than women. In most cases, a person will not develop schizophrenia after age 45.

GENE OR REGION STUDIED


  • SLC18A1
  • DRD2
  • ZNF804A
  • TCF4
  • SLC6A3
  • DRD2
  • RELN
  • 6p22.1
  • 11p15.5
  • Xp22.33