Tuesday, August 03, 2004
One of the biggest questions in schizophrenia research is etiology. Why does it happen? What is the cause? There are endless theories and ideas, many supported by some good evidence, but no clear answers. There are genes known to be associated, but none necessary or sufficient for the disease to manifest. Trauma seems to trigger the disease, but not in everyone. A new study has found that exposure to influenza during the first half of pregnancy seems to increase the risk of developing the disease later in life. It looks like a pretty good study, so I look forward to seeing where it leads.
In less exciting news, NIH/NIAAA has released the results of a survey which claims that about 15% of Americans meet the criteria for a Personality Disorder. This may or may not be true, but it reads to me like another case of the pathologization of everything. Psycholog/iatrists are notoriously good at that.