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.
A mood-stabilizing drug prescribed to many patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder may decrease negative symptoms for people with a certain variant of the COMT gene, say researchers.
If the diametric model is to be believed, sufferers from psychotic illnesses which feature hyper-mentalism such as schizophrenia (SZ) should show signs and symptoms of corresponding hyper-domestication diametrically opposite to those of the hypo-domestication associated with autism and described in the previous post.
When “mental illness” enters the cultural conversation, it’s usually as a synonym for depression or anxiety. The less palatable, more frightening facets of mental illness, like psychosis? They’re still ignored, often leading to those experiencing psychosis to remain silent.
Even when effectively treated, schizophrenia can be devastating, impairing a person’s social and family life, ability to work, physical health, and quality of life. Those who have schizophrenia often end up alone and impoverished. Yet the effects of this disease are even worse when treatment doesn’t work.
They say her explanation about what a symptom like hallucinations feels like can be helpful. So can Rachel’s advice on ways to cope with them, like getting a dog or a cat. If the animal doesn’t react to the hallucination, then it’s probably not real.
Schizophrenia is not a single disease but rather is a group of distinct subtypes with varying symptoms based on a set of genes harboring novel or rare disruptive variants, a new study suggests.
Surgeons can perform a hysterectomy on a patient with paranoid schizophrenia who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and lacks the mental capacity to make decisions about treatment, a judge has ruled after a hearing in a specialist court.
Profound new research from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) suggests computer training and aerobic exercise can reduce brain deficits related to schizophrenia.
Patients with first-episode psychosis who jump to conclusions may be at risk for significantly worse longer-term clinical outcomes, new research shows.
Researchers from the University of California-San Francisco are turning to an unlikely source to combat schizophrenia: the very people suffering from the disease.
The risk of schizophrenia in children associated with younger and older maternal age appears to be partly explained by the genetic association between schizophrenia and age at first birth, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry.