60 year study shows schizophrenia is likely an infection caught in mother’s womb

Interesting. Males are more likely to get schizophrenia than girls. It’s strong evidence but who knows.

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It doesn’t say men are more likely to get schizophrenia than women. It says that males who were exposed to a bacterial infection in the womb were more likely to develop psychosis than males who were not. Females were just as likely to develop psychosis whether they were exposed to infection or not.

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@ninjastar

Oh yeh sorry. Interesting study nevertheless.

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Very interesting. I know this has been a hypothesis for a while. Interesting that the effect was only seen in men, though. I wonder if that is because women with psychosis are more likely to be diagnosed with borderline or PTSD compared with men.

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Now that you mention it, I’ve never met an amab with borderline :thinking:

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I read a study about it one time. For men and women presenting with the same symptoms, men were more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar, women were more likely to be diagnosed with borderline.

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That’s kind of messed up.
My understanding of borderline is limited, but from what I’ve gathered, there aren’t really any meds for it available.
Most of the borderlines I’ve met were in and out of hospitals.

So, if I’ve understood it correctly, men are told “you have problems, here’s pills that will help”, and women are being told “you have problems, have some therapy or something idk”

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Yeah that is the main issue the study was trying to highlight.

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Any natural things that fight infection I can try out. Or does that sound stupid?

It doesn’t sound stupid, but I would guess the infection in utero causes some form of genetic mutation/degradation or impacts brain development… I highly doubt you have a current infection that has lasted your entire life. If your mother had a bacterial infection, she would most likely know about it, so you could ask her, but I don’t think this discovery sheds any light on treatment opportunities, just on prevention.

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@ninjastar

I asked my mum and she never had an infection. But she said she wasn’t tested for infection. It’s interesting but I doubt you could have a life time infection for life.

Interesting article nevertheless.

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Bacterial infections generally get progressively worse without treatment to the point of being fatal, or go away on their own. I’m not an expert on the subject, but I have never heard of an infection that just stayed around doing nothing for 30 years.

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Wouldn’t the infection cause psychosis in the mother too?

Mother and fetus share the same blood and antibodies/white blood cells.

The most common cause is genetics but its possible that an infection causes psychosis. A member here has psychosis from Lyme infection, he got cured 100% on an antibiotic but its side effects were extreme.

I’m assuming the infection does the damage because youre talking about and undeveloped brain. The mothers brain is fully developed.

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Maybe but infections can cause psychosis in adults too, Lyme infection etc There was some cases with Coronavirus too.

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I’ve googled it and there are infections that can last forever. But whether I have an infection is a mystery.

my doctor told me they tend to think its inflamation to the brain.

Closer to my infection theory or insanity virus caused by the norovirus…

I’m going to take the vaccine when it comes out in a few years and see. I dont know.

Hopefully it comes out and works. Ill let you guys know.