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Unless I am missing something here, it's a little disconcerting that the title to this article purports to be about a warning sign that has been uncovered only to find that said study was conducted on individuals who already have schizophrenia. I am not at all disputing the usefulness of the study as my own sibling, as well as the individuals I've worked with over the years, certainly now have difficulty with reading fluency and it would be lovely if their fluency could be improved; however, none, that I know of had any such difficulties as children or teens. Although I have been told that studies have indicated that there is absolutely no evidence that schizophrenia is diagnosed more frequently in individuals with higher levels of intelligence, my own experience, as well as that of many of my social work colleagues, has led us to question this statement. The very brightest persons I worked with - almost all of whom were, in fact, skillful and prolific readers in their early lives - in my 20+ career as a social worker (in psychiatric and other settings) were those who were diagnosed with schizophrenia. If another NARSAD supporter could send me a reference to the aforementioned studies that prove otherwise, I'd love to have it. In the meantime, I will anxiously await the study that demonstrates that impairment of reading fluency begins prior to the onset of schizophrenia, thereby serving as a warning sign. [My apologies to the researcher if this is discussed in the full journal article to which I do not have access.]


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