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Issue: Issue 4 (2017) – Supplement 3

Review Article

Toxoplasmosis and psychosis: environment makes a difference

Penelope Georgakopoulos, Carlos N. Pato, Michele T. Pato
Psychotic symptoms are the hallmark of one of the most debilitating serious mental illnesses, schizophrenia. They are also evident in certain forms of depression, bipolar disorder, delirium, and other neuropsychiatric disorders. Thus, differential diagnosis can sometimes be difficult to perform. Further, schizophrenia is believed to be, in part, related to genomic risk, with many variants already identified to contributing to genomic risk. However, most models include a likely role for environmental risk factors as well. We will explore the relationship between Toxoplasmosis, as one such environmental risk and schizophrenia.

Keywords: Toxoplasmosis gondii, Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Dopamine, Cats, Feline.

Special Issue on the Neurobiology of Mental Illness

International Journal of Clinical Neurosciences and Mental Health 2017; 4(Suppl. 3):S11
DOI: https://doi.org/10.21035/ijcnmh.2017.4(Suppl.3).S11
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