Almost 80% of the risk of developing schizophrenia is genetic, say scientists.
A new study of more than 60,000 people offers hope that early screening will lead to more successful treatments. Dr. Rikke Hilker, of the University of Copenhagen, said, “This is now the most comprehensive and thorough estimate of the heritability of schizophrenia.” She added, “Genetic risk seems to be of almost equal importance across the spectrum of schizophrenia.”
The mental illness affects 220,000 in England and Wales, costing £12billion a year. Symptoms include panic, anger, depression, hallucinations and delusions.