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  • How a schizophrenia risk gene affects the brain

    Schizophrenia News -- ScienceDaily
    22 May 2015 | 7:52 am
    Brain imaging studies have already revealed that mental illnesses involve alterations in both the structure and connectivity of the brain. Scientists have now, for the first time, shown how the disruption of a key gene involved in mental illness impacts on the brain.
  • Motivated to do well: An examination of the relationships between motivation, effort, and cognitive performance in schizophrenia

    Schizophrenia Research
    G. Foussias, I. Siddiqui, G. Fervaha, S. Mann, K. McDonald, O. Agid, K.K. Zakzanis, G. Remington
    21 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The uncertain relationship between negative symptoms, and specifically motivational deficits, with cognitive dysfunction in schizophrenia is in need of further elucidation as it pertains to the interpretation of cognitive test results. Findings to date have suggested a possible mediating role of motivational deficits on cognitive test measures, although findings from formal examinations of effort using performance validity measures have been inconsistent. The aim of this study was to examine the relationships between motivation, effort exerted during cognitive testing, and cognitive…
  • Dose escalation of antipsychotic drugs in schizophrenia: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

    Schizophrenia Research
    Markus Dold, Gernot Fugger, Martin Aigner, Rupert Lanzenberger, Siegfried Kasper
    21 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Non-response to an initial antipsychotic trial emerges frequently in the pharmacological management of schizophrenia. Increasing the dose (high-dose treatment, dose escalation) is an often applied strategy in this regard, but there are currently no meta-analytic data available to ascertain the evidence of this treatment option.
  • Schizophrenia Awareness Day observed - The Hindu

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    24 May 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Schizophrenia Awareness Day observedThe HinduNational Schizophrenia Awareness Day with various programmes here on Sunday. District panchayat president N.K. Rasheed inaugurated the programme. Experts of IMHANS handled classes on the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia as ...
  • Zyprexa (Schizophrenia) - Forecast and Market Analysis to 2022 by Radiant Insightshea

    Schizophrenia News
    22 May 2015 | 4:48 am
    Its core symptoms, auditory or visual hallucinations, are often accompanied by fixed, false, and often paranoid beliefs, called delusions. These two features are often combined with learning and cognitive deficits.
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  • Schizophrenia Awareness Day observed - The Hindu

    24 May 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Schizophrenia Awareness Day observedThe HinduNational Schizophrenia Awareness Day with various programmes here on Sunday. District panchayat president N.K. Rasheed inaugurated the programme. Experts of IMHANS handled classes on the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia as ...
  • Battling the stigma surrounding Schizophrenia - Pembroke Daily Observer

    24 May 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Pembroke Daily ObserverBattling the stigma surrounding SchizophreniaPembroke Daily ObserverSEAN CHASE/DAILY OBSERVER A lone bag piper leads a march of 30 supporters of the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario Renfrew County branch as they head towards Pembroke Street East Sunday. Organizers hoped the walk would raise awareness ...
  • John Nash, 86, inspiration for the film 'A Beautiful Mind,' and wife die in ... - New York Daily News

    24 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    New York Daily NewsJohn Nash, 86, inspiration for the film 'A Beautiful Mind,' and wife die in New York Daily NewsFamed mathematician John Nash, whose struggles with schizophrenia inspired the movie "A Beautiful Mind," died Saturday with his wife in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. Nash, 86, and his wife Alicia Nash, 82, were on their way back to their ...'A Beautiful Mind' Mathematician John Nash and His Wife Killed in New Jersey ABC News'A Beautiful Mind' Mathematician John Nash, Wife Killed in Taxi Crash in New KTLAJohn Nash, subject of "A…
  • Schizophrenia is a disease like any other - The Hindu

    23 May 2015 | 5:09 pm
    The HinduSchizophrenia is a disease like any otherThe HinduLike any other chronic ailment, schizophrenia too can be managed through consistent medication and the will of patients and their families to work hard towards normality, psychiatrists believe. Many do not realise that like any other disorder and more »
  • 3 Stocks Poised to Grow in the Schizophrenia Market - Zacks.com

    22 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    3 Stocks Poised to Grow in the Schizophrenia MarketZacks.comSchizophrenia is a chronic neurological brain disorder which adversely affects a patient's ability to think clearly. The symptoms are broadly categorized as positive and negative. While positive symptoms include hallucinations, delusions and Schizophrenia: It's Not Just About DopaminePsychiatric Timesall 3 news articles »
 
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    Schizophrenia News

  • Zyprexa (Schizophrenia) - Forecast and Market Analysis to 2022 by Radiant Insightshea

    22 May 2015 | 4:48 am
    Its core symptoms, auditory or visual hallucinations, are often accompanied by fixed, false, and often paranoid beliefs, called delusions. These two features are often combined with learning and cognitive deficits.
  • Can This J&J Drug Reshape Schizophrenia Treatment?

    21 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Keeping schizophrenia patients on their medication is one of the biggest challenges facing mental health doctors. That means there is a significant unmet need for treatment options that offer longer-lasting medications that can be taken less frequently and boost patient adherence rates, such as Johnson & Johnson 's new formulation of its top-selling Invega Sustenna.
  • Atypical Antipsychotics: Safety and Use in Pediatric Patients

    18 May 2015 | 1:42 am
    The new class of antipsychotic medications is called atypical antipsychotics , also known as second-generation antipsychotics . "Atypical" means they work in a way that is significantly different from that of the previous class of antipsychotics , known as first-generation antipsychotics .
  • I Don't Look Schizophrenic

    12 May 2015 | 7:47 pm
    I attended a very boring presentation today that lasted two hours. But I was in the audience, so I was allowed to be bored.
  • Scientists Use Graph Theory To Study Brain Structure, See If Alterations Lead To Schizophrenia

    12 May 2015 | 3:31 pm
    "We already know that the brains of people with schizophrenia are wired differently and are less efficient than healthy people," Derek Jones, study co-author and director of CU's Brain Research Imaging Center, said in a press release . "However, until now, no study has tried to use this information to look at healthy individuals with some of the same symptoms but without actually having the condition."
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    MedWorm: Schizophrenia

  • Risk reduction treatment of psychopathy and applications to mentally disordered offenders.

    24 May 2015 | 12:56 am
    This article presents a review of recent research on risk reduction treatment of psychopathy with the additional aim to extend the research to the treatment of mentally disordered offenders with schizophrenia, violence, and psychopathy. PMID: 25997606 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: CNS Spectrums)MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.
  • Investigation of the role of TCF4 rare sequence variants in schizophrenia

    23 May 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Transcription factor 4 (TCF4) is one of the most robust of all reported schizophrenia risk loci and is supported by several genetic and functional lines of evidence. While numerous studies have implicated common genetic variation at TCF4 in schizophrenia risk, the role of rare, small‐sized variants at this locus‐such as single nucleotide variants and short indels which are below the resolution of chip‐based arrays requires further exploration. The aim of the present study was to investigate the association between rare TCF4 sequence variants and schizophrenia. Exon‐targeted…
  • Three patients needing high doses of valproic Acid to get therapeutic concentrations.

    23 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    Authors: Jackson J, McCollum B, Ognibene J, Diaz FJ, de Leon J Abstract Valproic acid (VPA) can autoinduce its own metabolism. Cases requiring VPA doses >4000 mg/day to obtain therapeutic plasma concentrations, such as these 3 cases, have never been published. Case 1 received VPA for seizures and schizophrenia and had >50 VPA concentrations in 4 years. A high dose of 5,250 mg/day of VPA concentrate was prescribed for years but this dose led to an intoxication when switched to the enterocoated divalproex sodium formulation, requiring a normal dose of 2000 mg/day. VPA metabolic…
  • Finding the self by losing the self: Neural correlates of ego‐dissolution under psilocybin

    23 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    Abstract Ego‐disturbances have been a topic in schizophrenia research since the earliest clinical descriptions of the disorder. Manifesting as a feeling that one's “self,” “ego,” or “I” is disintegrating or that the border between one's self and the external world is dissolving, “ego‐disintegration” or “dissolution” is also an important feature of the psychedelic experience, such as is produced by psilocybin (a compound found in “magic mushrooms”). Fifteen healthy subjects took part in this placebo‐controlled study. Twelve‐minute functional MRI scans were…
  • Acute Electroconvulsive Therapy Followed by Maintenance Electroconvulsive Therapy Decreases Hospital Re-Admission Rates of Older Patients With Severe Mental Illness

    22 May 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Conclusions: Our findings suggest that acute ECT followed by M-ECT is highly effective in selected elderly patients with SMIs. (Source: The Journal of ECT)
 
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    About.com Schizophrenia: What's Hot Now

  • Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs Used to Treat...

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    24 May 2015 | 4:20 am
    In the early 1990s a new class of drugs were developed to treat the psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia. These drugs, the atypical antipsychotics, have proven generally as effective as the antispychotics developed decades earlier, with fewer extrapyrimidal side effects. This list of the atypical antipsychotics provides links to drug safety information from the drug manufacturers' websites.
  • Schizophrenia versus schizoaffective disorder

    schizophrenia.guide@about.com
    24 May 2015 | 4:20 am
    Schizophrenia and schizoaffective are two different disorders. This article discusses the relevant differences why that matters. From your About Schizophrenia Expert Guide.
  • Schizophrenia: Early Diagnosis and treatment

    schizophrenia.guide@about.com
    24 May 2015 | 4:20 am
    How early can schizophrenia be diagnosed? Are there warning signs that can guide prevention, early diagnosis and treatment?
  • How Schizophrenia Is Diagnosed

    schizophrenia.guide@about.com
    24 May 2015 | 4:20 am
    The better you understand the language and the process of diagnosing schizophrenia, the better you can communicate with your doctor. Remember that only a psychologist or psychiatrist can rule out or diagnose schizophrenia.
  • Who Gets Schizophrenia?

    schizophrenia.guide@about.com
    24 May 2015 | 4:20 am
    Although the overall incidence of schizophrenia in the United States is close to 1%, different groups have a greater or lesser likelihood of developing the illness. This article from your About Guide to Schizophrenia reviews the incidence of schizophrenia among different groups of people, which scientists are using as clues to help find the cause.
 
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    About.com Schizophrenia: Most Popular Articles

  • Liking the effects of d-amphetamines linked to...

    24 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    Genetic predisposition to liking amphetamine linked to decreased risk for schizophrenia and ADHD
  • How Schizophrenia Is Diagnosed

    24 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    The better you understand the language and the process of diagnosing schizophrenia, the better you can communicate with your doctor. Remember that only a psychologist or psychiatrist can rule out or diagnose schizophrenia.
  • Schizophrenia US and Canada resources

    24 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    Looking for educational resources, information about local support groups, or ongoing research projects for schizophrenia? Here is a list of good US and Canadian resources to get you started.
  • What It's Like to Have Schizophrenia

    24 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    In schizophrenia, the most basic processes of perceiving and thinking are affected by the illness. Whether you want your loved ones to understand you better, are concerned for someone who's ill, or are simply curious, this article describes the internal experience of delusions, hallucinations, and more.
  • Negative Symptoms

    24 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    Definitions of the term, negative symptoms.
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    Schizophrenia Bulletin - Advance Access

  • Feasibility and Effectiveness of a Multi-Element Psychosocial Intervention for First-Episode Psychosis: Results From the Cluster-Randomized Controlled GET UP PIANO Trial in a Catchment Area of 10 Million Inhabitants

    Ruggeri, M., Bonetto, C., Lasalvia, A., Fioritti, A., de Girolamo, G., Santonastaso, P., Pileggi, F., Neri, G., Ghigi, D., Giubilini, F., Miceli, M., Scarone, S., Cocchi, A., Torresani, S., Faravelli, C., Cremonese, C., Scocco, P., Leuci, E., Mazzi, F., Pratelli, M., Bellini, F., Tosato, S., De Santi, K., Bissoli, S., Poli, S., Ira, E., Zoppei, S., Rucci, P., Bislenghi, L., Patelli, G., Cristofalo, D., Meneghelli, A., The GET UP Group
    20 May 2015 | 1:19 am
    Integrated multi-element psychosocial interventions have been suggested to improve the outcomes of first-episode psychosis (FEP) patients, but they have been studied primarily in experimental settings and in nonepidemiologically representative samples. Thus, we performed a cluster-randomized controlled trial, comparing an integrated multi-element psychosocial intervention, comprising cognitive behavioral therapy, family intervention, and case management, with treatment as usual (TAU) for FEP patients in 117 community mental health centers (CMHCs) in a large area of northern Italy (10 million…
  • Journaling as Therapy

    Colori, S.
    18 May 2015 | 1:31 am
  • Ketamine Dysregulates the Amplitude and Connectivity of High-Frequency Oscillations in Cortical-Subcortical Networks in Humans: Evidence From Resting-State Magnetoencephalography-Recordings

    Rivolta, D., Heidegger, T., Scheller, B., Sauer, A., Schaum, M., Birkner, K., Singer, W., Wibral, M., Uhlhaas, P. J.
    18 May 2015 | 1:31 am
    Hypofunctioning of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDA-R) has been prominently implicated in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia (ScZ). The current study tested the effects of ketamine, a dissociative anesthetic and NMDA-R antagonist, on resting-state activity recorded with magnetoencephalography (MEG) in healthy volunteers. In a single-blind cross-over design, each participant (n = 12) received, on 2 different sessions, a subanesthetic dose of S-ketamine (0.006mg/Kg) and saline injection. MEG-data were analyzed at sensor- and source-level in the beta (13–30 Hz) and gamma…
  • The Kraepelinian Dichotomy From the Perspective of Prenatal Infectious and Immunologic Insults

    Brown, A. S.
    11 May 2015 | 2:09 am
    The "Kraepelinian dichotomy" between schizophrenia (SZ) and bipolar disorder (BD) has been a dominant force in our thinking on the classification of these mental disorders. Emerging evidence indicates that these 2 disorders overlap significantly with regard to epidemiology, clinical presentation, genetic susceptibility, structural neuroanatomy, and treatment. Prenatal infection and immunologic dysfunction appear to be risk factors for both SZ and BD; some of these gestational exposures are present in both disorders while others may be specific to 1 or the other of the 2 syndromes. In this…
  • Increased Cerebellar Functional Connectivity With the Default-Mode Network in Unaffected Siblings of Schizophrenia Patients at Rest

    Guo, W., Liu, F., Zhang, Z., Liu, G., Liu, J., Yu, L., Xiao, C., Zhao, J.
    7 May 2015 | 11:46 pm
    The default-mode network (DMN) is vital in the neurobiology of schizophrenia, and the cerebellum participates in the high-order cognitive network such as the DMN. However, the specific contribution of the cerebellum to the DMN abnormalities remains unclear in unaffected siblings of schizophrenia patients. Forty-six unaffected siblings of schizophrenia patients and 46 healthy controls were recruited for a resting-state scan. The images were analyzed using the functional connectivity (FC) method. The siblings showed significantly increased FCs between the left Crus I and the left superior…
 
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    Schizophrenia Research

  • Differences in parental bonding between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder: Evidence of prodromal symptoms?

    Fernando Grilo Gomes, Ives C. Passos, Ana Carla Krolow, Ramiro Reckziegel, Mirela Paiva Vasconcelos-Moreno, Lucas Spanemberg, Paulo Belmonte-de-Abreu, Flávio Kapczinski, Marcia Kauer-Sant’Anna
    23 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    : The Parental Bonding Instrument (PBI) examines parent–child bonds and attachment during the first 16years. Our study aims to compare PBI scores between patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (BD).
  • Motivated to do well: An examination of the relationships between motivation, effort, and cognitive performance in schizophrenia

    G. Foussias, I. Siddiqui, G. Fervaha, S. Mann, K. McDonald, O. Agid, K.K. Zakzanis, G. Remington
    21 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The uncertain relationship between negative symptoms, and specifically motivational deficits, with cognitive dysfunction in schizophrenia is in need of further elucidation as it pertains to the interpretation of cognitive test results. Findings to date have suggested a possible mediating role of motivational deficits on cognitive test measures, although findings from formal examinations of effort using performance validity measures have been inconsistent. The aim of this study was to examine the relationships between motivation, effort exerted during cognitive testing, and cognitive…
  • Working memory impairment in probands with schizoaffective disorder and first degree relatives of schizophrenia probands extend beyond deficits predicted by generalized neuropsychological impairment

    S. Kristian Hill, Alison Buchholz, Hayley Amsbaugh, James L. Reilly, Leah H. Rubin, James M. Gold, Richard S.E. Keefe, Godfrey D. Pearlson, Matcheri S. Keshavan, Carol A. Tamminga, John A. Sweeney
    21 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Working memory impairment is well established in psychotic disorders. However, the relative magnitude, diagnostic specificity, familiality pattern, and degree of independence from generalized cognitive deficits across psychotic disorders remain unclear.
  • Dose escalation of antipsychotic drugs in schizophrenia: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

    Markus Dold, Gernot Fugger, Martin Aigner, Rupert Lanzenberger, Siegfried Kasper
    21 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Non-response to an initial antipsychotic trial emerges frequently in the pharmacological management of schizophrenia. Increasing the dose (high-dose treatment, dose escalation) is an often applied strategy in this regard, but there are currently no meta-analytic data available to ascertain the evidence of this treatment option.
  • Specificity and sensitivity of visual evoked potentials in the diagnosis of schizophrenia: Rethinking VEPs

    J.A. González-Hernández, C. Pita-Alcorta, C.H. Wolters, A. Padrón, A. Finalé, L. Galán-García, M. Marot, R. Lencer
    20 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Alterations of the visual evoked potential (VEP) component P1 at the occipital region represent the most extended functional references of early visual dysfunctions in schizophrenia (SZ). However, P1 deficits are not reliable enough to be accepted as standard susceptibility markers for use in clinical psychiatry. We have previously reported a novel approach combining a standard checkerboard pattern-reversal stimulus, spectral resolution VEP, source detection techniques and statistical procedures which allowed the correct classification of all patients as SZ compared to controls.
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    Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan

  • Partnership Program is Recruiting

    Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan
    23 May 2015 | 9:08 am
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week 2015

    Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:13 pm
  • Saskatoon Chapter Gala

    Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:36 am
    The Saskatoon Chapter has been working very hard at planning our Gala and we would love if you could join us! Our Gala will be held May 8th, 2015 at the Travelodge. The event will feature a buffet supper, a silent auction, live music, and presentations from Victoria Maxwell and Adelaine Leung. The event starts at 6pm, with cocktails at 6:30pm, and dinner at 7pm. Presentations from our speakers will follow. This is sure to be an informative and entertaining event, so please consider coming out and supporting our organization! Tickets can be purchased online via PayPal or by contacting our…
  • Living With Mental Illness Conference

    Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:34 am
      CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION BROCHURE
  • RDSP Free Information Session

    Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
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    Schizophrenia News -- ScienceDaily

  • How a schizophrenia risk gene affects the brain

    22 May 2015 | 7:52 am
    Brain imaging studies have already revealed that mental illnesses involve alterations in both the structure and connectivity of the brain. Scientists have now, for the first time, shown how the disruption of a key gene involved in mental illness impacts on the brain.
  • Mood instability common to mental health disorders, associated with poor outcomes

    21 May 2015 | 6:06 pm
    Mood instability occurs in a wide range of mental disorders, and is not exclusive to affective conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder, new research confirms. The research also found that mood instability was associated with poorer clinical outcomes.
  • Perspective-taking difficulties diminished when autistic and psychosis tendencies balance

    14 May 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Researchers have shed new light on the relationship between autistic tendencies and psychosis proneness in neurotypical adults. The study indicates that while increased tendencies for either condition are associated with perspective-taking difficulties, unexpectedly, these difficulties are diminished in individuals with similar tendency to both autism and psychosis.
  • Antipsychotic drug use in pregnant women appears to pose minimal risk, new study suggests

    13 May 2015 | 9:51 am
    Antipsychotic medication use during pregnancy does not put women at additional risk of developing gestational diabetes, hypertensive disorders or major blood clots that obstruct circulation, according to a new study.
  • Nerve cells in the fast lane

    12 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Researchers have identified in what way a specific form of dopamine producing cells is generated and which networks it forms in the course of brain development. In the process, the researchers discovered a data highway of sorts: the nerve cells use not only dopamine for signal transmission, but also the much-faster glutamate.
 
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    Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia

  • The Kings County Chapter of the SSNS

    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Next Wednesday, May 27th, 7:00 pm Please click on the image to magnify it.To download a PDF version of the above poster, please click here.For a map of  9489 Commercial Street in New Minas, please click here  The meeting takes place in Room 119 of the Louis Millett Community Complex.To contact the Kings County Chapter, please send an email to kcschizsoc@outlook.com.Also see:Kings County Chapter brochure (PDF) Support for Family and Friends of Persons Living with Mental Illness: A Self-Help Group in Kings County, Nova Scotia
  • The "From Recovery to Discovery" Mental Health Peer Support Group - Halifax

    22 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Next Thursday, May 28th, 6:30 pmMeetingsEvery Thursday Evening6:30 pm to 8:30 pmCommunity RoomAtlantic Superstore – Barrington Street 1075 Barrington StreetHalifax, Nova Scotia Plenty of free parking!The Atlantic Superstore – Barrington Street is on the 3, 7, 9, and 41 Metro Transit bus routes.The From Recovery to Discovery Mental Health Peer Support Group is open to anyone affected by any type of mental illness, and this includes family members and friends.Free! Thursday, May 28th, 2015, 6:30 pmMusic, Poetry, and Mental Health – Part 7And the From Recovery to Discovery Mental…
  • Getting Mental Health Crisis Support in Nova Scotia

    14 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Call (902) 429-8167 or 1-888-429-8167 (toll free)The Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team (MHMCT) provides intervention and short term crisis management for children, youth and adults experiencing a mental health crisis. They offer 24/7 telephone intervention throughout Nova Scotia - (902) 429-8167 or 1-888-429-8167 (toll free) - and mobile response (1:00 pm to 1:00 am) in most communities in Halifax Regional Municipality.Note that this video is four years old and it does not mention the 24/7 telephone crisis intervention service that is now available throughout Nova Scotia.From this…
  • How to refer someone to the Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program

    14 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    From the Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program (NSEPP) website:Because NSEPP is located in Halifax, within the largest of the Nova Scotia health regions; Capital Health, the program provides direct clinical services to residents of the Capital Health district.Referrals to NSEPP can be made by anyone, including mental health care professionals, family physicians, community agencies, educators and school counselors, family members, friends and any young person who suspects they may be suffering from a first episode of psychosis.Criteria for referral of individuals who reside in the Capital Health…
  • Assistance with navigating mental health services in the Central Zone - Nova Scotia Health Authority

    14 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    404-3504 ext. 201From the Healthy Minds Cooperative's February 2013 newsletter:NavigationGoing through the mental health system can be like trying to find your way through a maze. Navigation is a service that the Healthy Minds Cooperative provides that helps guide people living with a mental illness, and their families, to connect with support services in the community. The Navigator can answer your questions and concerns about:Services in the communitySupport groupsPrograms and workshopsReferral ServicesAdvocacyWeb-based resourcesFor more information about navigation, please call (902)…
 
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    My Life With Paranoid Schizophrenia

  • Starry Starry Night.

    Eric S
    13 May 2015 | 4:54 am
    Sometimes I wonder if the reason my life hasn't been going so well is entirely my fault. I'd like to think I'm a good person and that I treat people the way I'd like to be treated but I know I'm not perfect. There have been times in the last few years when really bad things have happened to me and I didn't react in the best way. The choices I made, even well thought out, have lead me to where I am right now. I think back and wonder if I should have made different choices. It's really hard to know what road I should take, especially if one suffers from a mental illness. Now I'm pretty much…
  • Gimmie Shelter.

    Eric S
    11 May 2015 | 4:21 pm
    After yesterday, I wanted to get outside today and clear my head but I don't make it a habit of going anywhere, especially of late. The reason I don't get out much is that I get so used to being in doors, the thought of venturing outside makes me nervous. I think the nerves and the anxiety that I suffer from are direct symptoms of my Paranoid Schizophrenia. Plus, my poor excuse for a car is in need of major repairs and I don't like driving it in less there's a good reason. As I drove around in my car, I didn't have any idea where I was headed. And it wasn't like I could drive to my friend's…
  • Not so happy Mother's Day for me.

    Eric S
    10 May 2015 | 2:49 am
    (Please excuse the half hazard writing but I had to get this off my chest. It is extremely personal but very important for me to share. I hope no one ever has to go through what I have had to live with for the last few years. I don't care if this gets printed inside every magazine in the word, or even if it goes viral. I want anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse or assault to know that they are not alone.)It's that time of year. Yes, at time of year when people all over The United States celebrate mothers everywhere. Only it isn't much of a day of celebration to me and although my…
  • I don't want to become lost and forgotten.

    Eric S
    8 May 2015 | 9:41 pm
    I don't know if it's because I suffer from Paranoid Schizophrenia or not but I've always have had a great deal of empathy for people who struggle with various mental illnesses. Of course, I'm no doctor and I don't make it a habit of diagnosing people but for some reason I think I'm able to read individuals that I come across in my daily life. I remember once I worked the graveyard shift as a motel desk clerk when I was around eighteen years old. It was a rather big complex that had over two hundred rooms and at least fifty apartment units. I was the only person on duty from 11pm until 7am and…
  • Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland are both sisters to remember and actresses I'll never forget.

    Eric S
    7 May 2015 | 10:36 pm
    The other day I wrote about my love for old black and white classic films plus a particular actress named Joan Fontaine. Well, Joan Fontaine had an equally famous sister and accomplished actress named Olivia de havilland. When I started at a young age corresponding with Ms. Joan Fontaine I didn't know that her real life sister was Mrs. de Havilland until I read about it in a movie magazine. It saddened me that it appeared that they had a strained relationship for quite awhile. I don't know if it was professional jealousy or something more personal but it wasn't really any of my business. I…
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