Brain Tissue Study Deepens Autism–Schizophrenia Link

Brains from people with autism show patterns of gene expression similar to those from people with schizophrenia, according to a new analysis.

The findings, published May 24 in Translational Psychiatry, deepen the connections between the two conditions, says study leader Dan Arking, associate professor of genetic medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

People who have either autism or schizophrenia share features such as language problems and difficulty understanding other people’s thoughts and feelings. They also have genetic risk factors in common. “And now I think we can show that they share overlap in gene expression,” Arking says.

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My 29-year-old son was diagnosed with Asperger’s at age 21, then at age 27 decided to self-medicate with medical marijuana and synthetic marijuana (very bad stuff). He experimented with a lot of THC capsules (we didn’t find this out till later) and over 30 days we watched him get more and more manic till one day he had a psychotic break. He had a few visual hallucinations, but no voices. But deeply delusional. After two stays in psych hospitals and a suicide attempt (he thought he was turning into a monster), he was finally put on Clozapine. He’s been on it over a year now, and it’s almost like he never had a psychosis. So grateful for Clozapine! He’s got lots of family support and a wonderful therapist, and as of last week - a job at Home Depot! But I certainly believe now the links between drug use and autism and psychosis!

i wanted to apologize to @szadmin for my pro-marijuana commentary the other day

i should keep that stuff to myself really

i understand its very bad for some people…it used to be terrible for me and i should be more empathetic

sorry man

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