Biochemical Heterogeneity in Schizophrenia: Implications and Research Strategies of the State Dependency Model

  • D. P. Van Kammen
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Abstract

Clinical heterogeneity in schizophrenia has limited interest unless we can validate it in terms of etiology, prognosis, or treatment response (Garver et al. 1988; Brown et al. 1990). Similarly, biochemical heterogeneity is not very interesting if it does not lead to etiological heterogeneity or clinical application. Traditional research strategies have been confounded by the fact that the study of schizophrenic patients is very difficult. The very nature of the disorder interferes with the patients’ willingness and ability to participate in research (and in clinical care). Therefore, most studies make use of cross-sectional study designs, based on the notion that the study variable is stable over time. The difficulties in replicating such findings are usually explained by invoking the heterogeneity in etiology hypothesis, which explains much but clarifies nothing.

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Serotonin Norepinephrine Catecholamine Prolactin PGE1 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. P. Van Kammen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Chief of Staff, Highland Drive VAMCPittsburghUSA

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