Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality. Although schizophrenia is not as common as other mental disorders, the symptoms can be very disabling. The exact cause of schizophrenia isn't known, but a combination of genetics, environment, and altered brain chemistry and structure may play a role. Schizophrenia is characterized by thoughts or experiences that seem out of touch with reality, disorganized speech or behavior, and decreased participation in daily activities. Difficulty with concentration and memory may also be present. Treatment is usually lifelong and often involves a combination of medications, psychotherapy, and coordinated specialty care services.
A small percentage of individuals with schizophrenia have a small deletion (microdeletion) in a region of chromosome 22 called 22q11. Schizophrenia is a mental health disorder that affects a person's thinking, sense of self, and perceptions. The 22q11 region contains several genes that are thought to affect schizophrenia risk. Loss of one or more of these genes may affect the brain in ways that increase the risk of developing this disorder. However, the relationships between these gene losses and the development of the disorder are not well understood.
In addition to schizophrenia, some people with this deletion have additional signs and symptoms comprising a condition called 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (described above).
22q11 microdeletions are among many factors under study to help explain the causes of schizophrenia. A large number of genetic and environmental factors, most of which remain unknown, likely contribute to the risk of developing this complex condition.
There was a study completed where they tested people with schizophrenia those people had a small percentage of people that came up having 22q. Not conclusive to say that ALL of us with 222q will have schizophrenia and testing all who have 22q for schizophrenia is not something doctors should be considering because there are other mental health disordres that also come with 22q such as bipolar, adhd, autism and a wide range of others mental health issues can happen of course with any genetic changes. There are some who have had schizophrenia and bipolar some have family history of it and there for it amplifys in the next generational gene.
In the case of Bella and I we both have adhd. I have ptsd from the abuse and trauma I endured as a child. I had flash backs night mares and had to undergo treatment there for I was tested for schizophrenia and they did not find I had any symptoms.
It's something to keep an eye out for of course as your child grows up always stay on top of of all of the 180 diffrent symptoms.
Please seek professional guidance if you need more support and understanding and consult with a doctor who can treat schizophrenia if you think your child with 22q may have schizophrenia.
for more information on what schizophrena is pleae see their foundations website