Brain abnormality associated with mental illness…

Researchers at Duke University have found an abnormality in visual regions of the brain being associated with an individual’s general risk for mental illness. The findings (link below) indicate a signature abnormality shared between common forms of mental illness, which could help clinicians assess a patient’s general risk for developing a mental illness. The signature abnormality was present in participants (605 university students) involved in the study who already had a higher risk of mental illness (participants met criteria for psychiatric disorders, including alcohol or substance use disorder, major depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder). This was characterized by a reduced efficiency between visual areas and brain networks important for integrating sensory information and suppressing distracting information.

Link to research: https://www.biologicalpsychiatryjournal.com/article/S0006-3223(18)31416-1/abstract

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