Scientists are starting to compare the social deficits autism and schizophrenia share, using a variety of methods, from eye tracking and behavioral assessments to electroencephalography (EEG). Some teams hope to expose the conditions’ common neurological roots, whereas others are drilling down into the differences.
Research led by the University of Glasgow has made a breakthrough in developing a possible future treatment of schizophrenia and related psychiatric conditions.
At 6:30 p.m., he still wore his hospital wristbands from the night before — one on each arm. The patient, we’ll call him John, had been ping-ponged from hospital to hospital in the middle of a psychotic episode. At midnight, he took an ambulance ride strapped to a gurney from Columbus to Jackson, to the closest facility Read more
Do patients who hear voices have the right to refuse psychiatric medicine? A growing movement says yes
This approach underlies a controversial international movement that raises fundamental questions about what it means to be mentally ill. The question at the heart of the debate: Do patients who hear voices have the right to direct their treatment, even if that means rejecting conventional therapies, such as psychiatric medication?
Studies have found elevated rates of autism among young people with childhood-onset schizophrenia, in which the features of schizophrenia appear before age 13 rather than in late adolescence. Research may help to explain how social cognition breaks down in each condition — which could lead to more nuanced clinical profiles and better treatments for both.
The general features of autism are nearly identical to those of another heritable condition: schizophrenia. The pattern is so distinctive and so precisely matched that coincidence is unlikely. Also, the two conditions share genetic risk factors.
The positive effects of antipsychotic medications in patients with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders outweigh the adverse effects of antipsychotics on long-term outcomes, according to findings from an expert panel published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
Conner Jackson is using his experiences with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactive disorder to train officers from the Wichita Police Department, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, the Wellington Police Department, the Kansas Department of Corrections and more.
A cancer diagnosis can exacerbate an already complicated scenario when one also has a severe mental illness. Those with a severe mental illness die an average of 25 years earlier than the general population and are twice as likely to die from their cancer.
The new head of NIMH hopes to do for schizophrenia and depression what his Nobel-winning mentors did for cancer. Will he have the funding he needs?
For decades, this has been the paradigm for mental health care in this nation: intervention and treatment that come well after the illness has taken hold. Consequently, much of the conversation continues to revolve around crisis care.
Analysis of 60 years of placebo-controlled antipsychotic drug trials indicated approximately twice as many individuals with acute schizophrenia improved with antipsychotics compared with placebo, but not many had a good response.
Recovery-oriented cognitive therapy (CT-R)—a therapeutic approach that emphasizes a patient’s personal treatment goals—can lead to enduring improvements in low-functioning individuals with schizophrenia, reports a study published today in Psychiatric Services in Advance.
New York City officers and commanders, including sergeants, have been gradually getting training on how to deal with people living with mental illness.
Darsten Hjorthøj, Ph.D., along with his colleagues, obtained information from 11 studies out of 13 publications that involve 247,603 patients with schizophrenia in all inhabited continents excluding South America.
Young adulthood is a crucial time for a person’s development—and also a time when approximately 100,000 young people experience psychosis each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Read more.
Some of the hallmarks of the person with Schizophrenia are the person’s inability to sort, interpret and appropriately respond to stimuli.
Researchers recently discovered that an inhibitory brain receptor triggers synaptic pruning in adolescence. Now, a new article shows that drugs that selectively target these receptors can alter synapse number, with possible implications for the treatment of autism and schizophrenia.
Women with schizophrenia have nearly a twofold increased risk for breast cancer compared to their counterparts without schizophrenia, new research suggests.
For the first time in 5 years, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new treatment for adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17 years who are diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Mental illness takes a toll on the person who has it and those closest to them – their families. It’s especially difficult for those caring for a loved one with schizophrenia for years. Nina Worley was 17 when she experienced what she called her worst nightmare. Read more…
Evidence suggests that psychosis, in at least some cases, has a similar disease course to other chronic illnesses. Cancer, for example, progresses along a continuum, and we know that if we intervene early we can create optimal outcomes for a cancer diagnosis. More and more we’re seeing this understanding translate into care for psychosis as Read more
Could mental illness denialism result in the same thing happening in the U.S.?
Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Monday blocked the execution of a paranoid schizophrenic murder convict pending a review of an earlier ruling.
The attorney for Morgan Geyser argues she was too young and impressionable and had not been treated for schizophrenia when she talked to investigators on camera about the stabbing of classmate Payton Leutner in 2014.
A conference convened in Amsterdam to once and for all answer the question of whether van Gogh suffered from some sort of medical problem or mental disorder, such as bipolar disorder, during his lifetime.