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Skin cells taken from four individuals with schizophrenia have been turned into brain cells, or neurons, and grown in lab dishes, the first time a complex mental disorder has been examined using living brain cells.
The team tested the ability of five antipsychotic drugs — clozapine, loxapine, olanzapine, risperidone and thioridazine — to improve neuronal connectivity in the schizophrenia brain cells. Only loxapine significantly increased brain-cell connections from all schizophrenia patients, the researchers write.
Originally posted by Miraj
Right but lobotomy is permanent and WAS wrong. Drugs can be reversed (usually) by not taking them. And so can anti-psychotics. Which just watch a person who stopped taking theirs, you will know it. I agree, the drugs can be extremely debilitating.. But what else are you going to do? Theres just not a lot to be done with our current understanding.But there has been noticeably a lot of new advances that might be able to create a drug which can help people without the side effects of anti-psychotics.
And honestly, I'm not entirely confident in our current mental health institutions.. I think the US (and probably the world) has to go a long long way in that regard..
Originally posted by CodyOutlaw
As a diagnosed schizophrenic myself, I have to say that depending on the severity of the disorder, medication is very necessary. Anti-depressants are often prescribed alongside an anti-psychotic. Medication can also stop working after a while and another prescribed instead. It's a tiring exercise, and we all know that pharmaceuticals make big business, but in the case of a disorder like shizophrenia, medication is often the only viable option.