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Thanks to technology, doctors can see changes in specific areas of the brain. They can also map the possible loss of brain tissue.

One study showed that brain tissue loss in young people at risk of developing the illness was linked to psychotic symptoms like hallucinations.

Another study compared MRI pictures of the brains of youths about age 14 who had no symptoms of schizophrenia with those who did. It found that the teens who had symptoms lost more brain tissue over a 5-year period than the others. Research shows that adults who have schizophrenia also may lose gray matter.

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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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