Scientists find similar brain matter loss in multiple mental disorders

February 4, 2015 5:49 PM

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Scientists find similar brain matter loss in multiple mental disorders

Psychiatric disorders are widely perceived to be distinct, but new research indicates patients show similar gray-matter loss, which suggests that conditions like schizophrenia and depression have more in common than previously thought.

In a meta-analysis of 193 peer-reviewed papers, researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine analyzed whole-brain images from 7,381 psychiatric patients falling into six diagnostic categories: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder and a ...

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