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Schizophrenia - Screening for Pyroluria

answered 10:05 PM EST, Wed October 10, 2012
anonymous anonymous
My brother has late onset schizophrenia and my sister in law recommended that I get tested for pyroluria which they think caused his disease and which apparently can run in families. I had never heard of pyroluria before and the information on the internet is confusing and contradictory. Should I get tested for this condition or is it a waste of time and a made up disease?

Jill Palmer Says...

I'm not a medical professional so I don't know anything about Pyroluria. I would not trust what is on the internet unless you are researching on a reputable site. I do have some questions for you to think about though. How would you realistically handle this information? What would you do with this information? Would you make any lifestyle changes? Are there any preventative things you can do with this knowledge? Are you emotionally ready for this type of information? Would you live your life any differently? Do you have healthy coping skills and a support system in place? How would you manage a positive diagnosis knowing what it could turn into?

I would contact a medical doctor to get information on this disease and the testing procedure for it. I would also ask if there is any thing to do lifestyle wise if you were to get this diagnosis. If there is no medical benefit from getting this information then I would seek counseling for the emotional side of it.

Getting this potential diagnosis seems like a big deal to me. You'll have to decide if you can live a happy life knowing that you are a candidate for getting schizophrenia. 

I would also recommend good health overall regardless of what you decide to do. Regular exercise, eating healthy, joyful hobbies, low stress and friends. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle helps will all potential ailments and helps to prevent some ailments. Learning to take care of yourself will go a long way without whatever medical issues arise.

I hope this helps some. Good luck.

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