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Dyslexia and schizophrenia

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Can someone with Dyslexia develop schizophrenia? How would it affect a dyslexic person? What symptoms in a Dyslexic show the possibility of schizophrenia?

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replied December 22nd, 2009
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Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.

You seem to be concerned about the onset of schizophrenia in a dyslexic individual. Dyslexia is the most common learning disability in children identified in at least 80% of children manifesting learning disabilities characterized by unexpected difficulty in reading in children and adults who otherwise are normal in intelligence and cognition. Dyslexics have a labored approach to reading because of phonologic deficits though listening comprehension is robust.

Schizophrenia may co-occur in dyslexics but there is no established association per se. Studies suggest an absence of lateralized auditory responses in the temporal lobes(planum temporale) as a common deviance present in dyslexia and schizophrenia. In an earlier study, adult dyslexia was found to be strongly associated with positive schizotypal traits(conceptual disorganization, delusions, or hallucinations). It is proposed that the dyslexia gene alone will produce dyslexia while the schizophrenia gene alone may produce bipolar or schizoaffective disorders but unequivocal clinical schizophrenia may occur when both genes are present in the same individual. Barring these proposed molecular and genetic associations, dyslexia and schizophrenia are clinically distinct syndromes. Typical psychotic features of schizophrenia can be seen in dyslexics such as conceptual disorganization, delusions, hallucinations, social withdrawal, loss of function, anhedonia, decreased emotional expression, impaired concentration and diminished social engagements.
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