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How does dopamine behave in people with schizophrenia?

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In schizophrenia, dopamine is tied to hallucinations and delusions. That’s because brain areas that "run" on dopamine may become overactive.

SOURCES:

Rubio, M. , published online January 2012. Biomolecules & Therapeutics

National Institute of Mental Health: “Schizophrenia.”

Brisch, R., , published online May 2014. Frontiers in Psychiatry

Vaibhav A. Diwadkar, PhD, associate professor, psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences; co-director, Brain Imaging Research division, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit. 

Columbia University Medical Center: “High Levels of Glutamate in Brain May Kick-Start Schizophrenia,” published online April 2013.

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on December 4, 2019

SOURCES:

Rubio, M. , published online January 2012. Biomolecules & Therapeutics

National Institute of Mental Health: “Schizophrenia.”

Brisch, R., , published online May 2014. Frontiers in Psychiatry

Vaibhav A. Diwadkar, PhD, associate professor, psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences; co-director, Brain Imaging Research division, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit. 

Columbia University Medical Center: “High Levels of Glutamate in Brain May Kick-Start Schizophrenia,” published online April 2013.

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on December 4, 2019

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