Does Schizophrenia Cause the Brain to Deteriorate?
Someone told me that schizophrenia causes a person's brain to waste away. I want to know what everyone thinks about that and how true and valid that is. Thank you.
Welcome to the ehealthforum. I am glad to help you out. Schizophrenia can cause nerve damage and disconnections in the pathways that carry brain chemicals. Tests had proved that blood flow was lower in frontal regions in schizophrenic patients but now some studies have found the hippocampus, limbic system and amygdala to be reduced in volume.
However medications used for schizophrenia can also cause brain shrinkage over time. So whether there is any wasting away of the brain or not is still under research.
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