2012-07-05

Schizophrenia, autism may be linked in families | Reuters

Some have been very concerned with the news, part of them because they understand some correlation has been found between schizophrenia and autism, or bipolar disorder and autism; part because they see some sensationalism in the media releasing information on this study.


This specific article, however, seems to mention all the "right" things about how preliminary so to speak the findings are, such as the statement from the lead author about most relatives of people diagnosed with Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder do not have autism, and several other remarks about genetic variations that might occur.

The new study "is important because it makes us think," he said. "It doesn't tell us whether (autism and schizophrenia) are genetic or environmental - certainly both are still possible - but it makes us think there might be relationships between the two."



And it gives important clarification:

"Just because two things share a risk factor doesn't mean that they're the same thing," Sullivan added. "The needs of people with autism and schizophrenia, and the treatments that we know work for one or the other, don't overlap very well."


Schizophrenia, autism may be linked in families | Reuters