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What problems in the brain may cause psychotic disorders?

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People with certain psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, may have problems in parts of the brain that control thinking, perception, and motivation. In schizophrenia, experts believe that nerve cell receptors that work with a brain chemical called glutamate may not work right in specific brain regions. That glitch may lead to faulty thinking and perception.

These conditions usually first appear in late teens, 20s, or 30s. They tend to affect men and women about equally.

SOURCES:

UpToDate: "Overview of Psychosis."

MedLinePlus: "Psychotic Disorders."

National Alliance of Mental Illness: "About the First Episodes of Psychosis."

Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on July 17, 2018

SOURCES:

UpToDate: "Overview of Psychosis."

MedLinePlus: "Psychotic Disorders."

National Alliance of Mental Illness: "About the First Episodes of Psychosis."

Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on July 17, 2018

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