Washington: People who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury are at an increased risk of developing schizophrenia, a new study has claimed. Previous studies on traumatic brain injury, or TBI, and schizophrenia have yielded mixed results as to whether the conditions are linked. But the new study, published in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin, found that people with TBI are 1.6 times more likely to develop schizophrenia and the risk was particularly high in those with a family history of the psychiatric condition, LiveScience reported. While the new findings suggest the link does exist, they don`t prove that brain injuries cause schizophrenia. And it could be that patients were already developing the psychiatric condition when their injury occurred, the researchers said. More work needs to be done to find exactly what`s behind this relationship, they said. TBI results from a jolt or blow to the head, or an injury that penetrates the skull. It is known to increase the risk of some psychiatric disorders, including anxiety disorders,substance use disorders and personality change. For their research, Mary Cannon, of the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, and colleagues analysed nine past studies that included participants with and without a TBI.
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