Journal article

What can we learn about schizophrenia from studying the human model, drug-induced psychosis?

Robin M Murray, Alessandra Paparelli, Paul D Morrison, Arianna Marconi, Marta Di Forti

American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics | Published : 2013

Abstract

When drug-induced psychoses were first identified in the mid-20th century, schizophrenia was considered a discrete disease with a likely genetic cause. Consequently, drug-induced psychoses were not considered central to understanding schizophrenia as they were thought to be phenocopies rather than examples of the illness secondary to a particular known cause. However, now that we know that schizophrenia is a clinical syndrome with multiple component causes, then it is clear that the drug-induced psychoses have much to teach us. This article shows how the major neuropharmacological theories of schizophrenia have their origins in studies of the effects of drugs of abuse. Research into the effe..

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