There is evidence that indicates that a subgroup of schizophrenics show a therapeutic response to lithium. It has been suggested that these lithium-responsive schizophrenics may be distinguished from lithium nonresponsive schizophrenics on the basis of their familial psychopathology. In this paper two family studies of lithium-responsive schizophrenia are reviewed. Findings from these studies indicate that lithium-responsive schizophrenia is familially distinct from other disorders of the schizophrenic spectrum: this lithium-responsive subtype is characterized by a paucity of schizophrenia among first-degree family members.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pharmacology (medical)