To say that cures are rarely discussed within the context of mental illness would be an understatement. The reality is much closer to never and this becomes even more true as the mental illness in question becomes more severe.
By Michael Byrne | MOTHERBOARD
A very large portion of common schizophrenic symptoms, known as negative symptoms, aren’t even treatable—successfully nuking the vast hydra that is schizophrenia in any curative sense is hard to fathom. We don’t even really know what causes it (but have some good ideas).
A group of researchers led by the Lawson Health Research Institute’s Lena Palaniyappan published a study this week in Psychology Medicine offering new evidence that the brain is capable of reorganizing itself in ways that may lead to a reversal of the effects of schizophrenia: hinting at a cure, that is.
The Lawson group’s work is based on MRI scans of 98 schizophrenic subjects and 83 control subjects. Of particular interest in the scans was the varying thicknesses of the brain’s cortical layers between the two groups and also among schizophrenic subjects that have had the disorder for longer and shorter periods of time. It’s been suggested that neural degeneration in this region is at the root of schizophrenia, though this is still widely debated, and this is where the study begins.