Family studies of lithium-responsive schizophrenia: A review

F. Sautter, Barbara E McDermott, P. O'Neill

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-173
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)


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