New research from Wayne State University School of Medicine indicates that attention deficits (ADD and ADHD) are central to mental disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. In fact, the attention deficits are believed to precede the manifestation of symptoms of the other illnesses.
The neuroscience of the theory is a bit complex, but the short version is that in the attention tests the scientists did using fMRIs on children and adolescents ages 8 to 20 (half at genetic risk for bipolar or schizophrenia), they found that the genetically at-risk group's brains responded differently.
Why is this important?
The researchers think that being able to identify markers might help us create premeditative intervention strategies down the road.
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