Distinct Brain Region Alterations in Youth with Psychosis Spectrum Disorders
[Source: Science Daily]
Psychotic spectrum (PS) disorders are characterized by abnormalities in beliefs, perceptions and behavior, but how these disorders manifest themselves in earlier development stages is largely unknown. A new study reports differences in brain structure among youth with PS disorders relative to typically developing youth.
The study found surface area reductions in a number of cortical brain regions in comparison to typically developing youth; youth with bipolar spectrum disorders; and youth with both psychosis and bipolar spectrum disorders. The brain regions involved are important for everyday functioning and cognitive abilities.