Similar brain changes in family of those with psychotic illness

People with psychotic illness show similar brain changes to immediate family members who present no signs of illness, new research has shown.

The research also shows there is a link between the severity of changes to a circuit in the brain between the striatum and the prefrontal cortex and the severity of psychotic symptoms.

Close relatives of people with psychosis have increased genetic risk of developing a psychotic illness such as schizophrenia but research into these genetic markers could lead to treatments that lower this risk.

Read more at Monash University, The University of Melbourne, University of Cambridge