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People With OCD May Have Higher Odds for Schizophrenia: Study
Date:9/3/2014

fering from both OCD and schizophrenia, it doesn't tell us why," Manevitz said. "I agree with the study authors that much more research into this field is warranted. If scientists can find overlapping biological or genetic markers common to the two conditions, such advancements could lead to new and better treatments for both."

Another expert had a different take on the findings.

"At least some of the association may have been a result of misdiagnosis in patients before they developed more specific symptoms of schizophrenia," said Dr. Aaron Pinkhasov, chairman of the department of behavioral health at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y.

"Notably, the study only looks at patients who have come in contact with a psychiatric hospital," he said. "As the majority of mild and moderate OCD patients are treated by general practitioners in an outpatient setting, it makes it difficult to apply these findings to all patients suffering from OCD. Hence, the risk may in fact be somewhat overestimated."

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Find out more about schizophrenia at the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health.

SOURCE: JAMA Psychiatry, news release, Sept. 3, 2014

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