People with autoimmune diseases may be more likely to develop psychosis, according to new research

Business Insider | 7/10/2018 | Lindsay Dodgson
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Psychotic disorders are mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking and perceptions, such as schizophrenia.

According to new research, people with autoimmune disorders, like type 1 diabetes, could be at a higher risk of developing psychosis.

Reasons - Inflammation - Factors

There are a few possible reasons why this could be, including inflammation and genetic factors.

The study is important because it provides further evidence there is a link, so doctors can be more vigilant about looking out for psychotic symptoms.

Diseases - Body - Targets - Tissues - Bit

What exactly causes autoimmune diseases — where the body mistakenly targets and attacks its own tissues — is a bit of a mystery. But what is known is that if you have one autoimmune disorder, such as type 1 diabetes, an overactive or underactive thyroid, or multiple sclerosis, your chances of developing another one are higher.

The reasons for why this could be are murky, but studies have shown it could be because "people with several autoimmune diseases have a particularly susceptible gene pool," according to Chaim Putterman, an immunology researcher in an article for U.S. News & World Report.

Research - Alexis - E - Cullen - Fellow

According to the research of Alexis E Cullen, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of psychosis studies at King's College London, people with autoimmune diseases are also more likely to develop psychosis.

In an article for The Conversation, Cullen wrote about previous research that has been inconclusive about whether there is a relationship between autoimmune disorders and psychosis. So in a new study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, she and her team decided to conduct a meta-analysis of several studies to see if they could get a clearer picture. They looked at 30 different studies, containing data on 25 million people overall.

Team - Diseases - Body - Brain - Data

The team were particularly interested in autoimmune diseases that target the body as opposed to the brain, so they gathered data from all non-neurological autoimmune disorders. Overall, people with any...
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