[blockquote align=””]

Patients with their first episode of psychosis, a sign of schizophrenia, should be tested for an alternative disorder, according to an expert.


A small number of patients admitted to hospital with schizophrenia-like symptoms actually have another condition which attacks the brain, a Brisbane study says.


The neuronal autoimmune disorder, revealed through a blood test, can be treated early giving patients the best chance of a very good outcome.


“If they get the treatment for schizophrenia, they won’t recover, they will stay disabled all their lives,” Associate Professor James Scott told AAP.


[button style=”arrow-right” title=”Read the full story here” url=”http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/05/12/anti-bodies-brain-can-cause-psychosis”]