IRON DEFICITS AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH SYMPTOMS AND COGNITION IN PSYCHOTIC SPECTRUM DISORDERS

Are you eligible to participate in this study?

You may be eligible for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • Conditions:
    Schizoaffective Disorders
    Schizophrenia
  • Age: Between 16 Year(s) - 35 Year(s)
  • Gender: Male or Female
  • Other Inclusion Criteria:
    Patients:
    1. Current diagnosis of Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorders
    2. ages 16 to 35 years old
    3. any race/ethnicity
    4. competent and willing to sign informed consent
    5. within 5 years from the disease onset
    Healthy controls:
    1. any race/ ethnicity
    2. no current or past history of psychotropic medication usage
    3. no current or past history of any psychiatric or neurological disorders
    4. no prodromal symptoms and no family history of Psychotic Spectrum Disorders in first-order relatives
    5. competent and willing to sign informed consent

You may not be eligible for this study if the following are true:

    1. a serious neurological or endocrine disorder or any medical condition or treatment known to affect the brain
    2. organic brain disorder, mental retardation, or significant medical illness
    3. significant risk of suicidal or homicidal behavior
    4. current alcohol or drug dependence in the last 6 months
    5. contraindications to MRI scanning (i.e., metal implants, pacemakers, pregnancy, etc.)
    6. documented loss of consciousness (LOC) for longer than 30 minutes or LOC with any neurological sequelae



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