Imagine an injection that briefly gives you schizophrenia. Now imagine that this injection is all at once the same drug once abused by Steve-O of MTV’s Jackass, the same drug popped in karaoke bars in East Asia, the same drug given as anesthesia to animals and children, and the same drug that holds promise as Read more
Personal recovery—the process of developing a positive sense of self and achieving goals in spite of illness—appears to predict well-being in patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders six months later, according to a report in Schizophrenia Bulletin.
Hallucinating voices isn’t always distressing. While the experience is commonly associated with schizophrenia, some people hear voices that aren’t real without finding it upsetting or debilitating and in the absence of any of the other symptoms of psychosis, such as delusions or confusion.
Experiencing multiple forms of abuse early in life can increase the likelihood a child will develop psychotic symptoms. A report in Schizophrenia Bulletin now suggests there are several factors that may offer some protection from this risk.
A new study confirms the brain region involved in generating the “voices” that occur in schizophrenia. Using transcranial magnetic stimulation, researchers were able to reduce the severity of this disturbing symptom.
The study cohort included 146 individuals with schizophrenia and 87 with bipolar disorder. Participants were followed for 20 years.
But a growing body of work has suggested that for some people, even slight changes in this balance may be linked with certain psychiatric conditions including panic disorders. New findings this month provide additional evidence that such links are real—and suggest they may extend to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
For 46 hours, Andrew Holland’s legs and arms were shackled to a chair in the San Luis Obispo County jail. The inmate, who suffered from schizophrenia, was left in his own filth.
The concept of schizophrenia is dying. Harried for decades by psychology, it now appears to have been fatally wounded by psychiatry, the very profession that once sustained it. It’s passing will not be mourned.
Lundbeck, which funds research and development for drugs that combat depression, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses, strikes a balance between high-value products and generic alternatives that shields the company from such criticisms, CEO Kare Schultz saidMonday.
Within the Pakistani-Muslim community in the United States, the attitudes towards mental illness have remained as negative as ever. Among the uneducated or superstitious, mental illness is a supernatural affliction, possibly from djinn possession.
The retrospective study, which just appeared in Schizophrenia – published by the journal Nature – shows that the technology is capable of predicting the severity of certain symptoms in schizophrenia.
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.