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  • Social skills training and computer-assisted cognitive remediation in schizophrenia

    Schizophrenia Research
    Matthew M. Kurtz, Kim T. Mueser, Warren R. Thime, Silvia Corbera, Bruce E. Wexler
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A growing body of research shows that cognitive remediation (COG REM), consisting of drill-and-practice and/or strategy training in neurocognitive functions, produces moderate improvements in neurocognition. These improvements generalize to functioning when COG REM is provided with other rehabilitation interventions (Wykes et al., 2011). The number of studies using COG REM as an adjunct to other behavioral-based rehabilitation interventions however remains small and consists of widely varying interventions with few active control conditions.
  • "Spark", a new public-private project created to develop a drug to fight the cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia

    Schizophrenia News From Medical News Today
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    A public-private consortium led by the biotech Iproteos - based at Parc Científic de Barcelona (PCB), and comprised by the biopharmaceutical company Ascil-Biopharma, the Institute for Biomedical...
  • Meta-analysis of Cognitive Impairment in First-episode Bipolar Disorder: Comparison with First-episode Schizophrenia and Healthy Controls

    Schizophrenia Bulletin - Advance Access
    Bora, E., Pantelis, C.
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:23 am
    Neurocognitive deficits are evident both in established schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (BP). However, it has been suggested that schizophrenia, but not BP, is characterized by neurodevelopmental abnormalities that can lead to cognitive deficits at the earliest stages of the illness. The aim of this meta-analytic review was to compare neurocognitive deficits in first-episode BP (FEBP) with healthy controls and first-episode schizophrenia (FES) patients. The current meta-analysis included a total of 22 adult studies and involved comparisons of 533 FEBP patients with 1417 healthy controls…
  • The "From Recovery to Discovery" Mental Health Peer Support Group - Halifax

    Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    This Thursday, February 5th, 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, February 5th, 2015, 6:30 pm A Spotlight on Bipolar Disorder featuringThree People Sharing their Experiences…
  • Cannabidiol Attenuates Sensorimotor Gating Disruption and Molecular...

    Schizophrenia News
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Preclinical and clinical data suggest that cannabidiol , a major non-psychotomimetic compound from Cannabis sativa, induces antipsychotic-like effects. However, the antipsychotic properties of repeated CBD treatment have been poorly investigated.
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  • Man with paranoid schizophrenia shot 3 times by police - FOX6 WBRC - MyFoxAL.com

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:53 pm
    FOX6 WBRC - MyFoxAL.comMan with paranoid schizophrenia shot 3 times by policeFOX6 WBRC - MyFoxAL.comA man with paranoid schizophrenia was shot three times by police in Metro Atlanta after a domestic incident on Friday. MOREAdditional LinksPoll. According to Sherry Lang with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, a Sergeant and two police officers with ...and more »
  • schizophrenia exposed - Fox News

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    schizophrenia exposedFox NewsLast Friday Bill Maher trashed a Navy ad he saw on the television. Roll the ad, Francis: It's like proclaiming your love for Whole Foods, but condemning the trucks who get the chow there. I mean, do you really need all those vehicles to get my free
  • The Dopamine Hypothesis of Schizophrenia – Version III - Mad In America

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:21 am
    Mad In AmericaThe Dopamine Hypothesis of Schizophrenia – Version IIIMad In AmericaOn November 27, 2014, the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society published a paper titled Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia. The paper was edited by Anne Cooke of Canterbury Christ Church University. The central ...
  • Zac Pogliano, who struggled with schizophrenia, dies unexpectedly - USA TODAY

    19 Jan 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Zac Pogliano, who struggled with schizophrenia, dies unexpectedlyUSA TODAYZac Pogliano, whose mother, Laura, was profiled by USA TODAY last year in a series of articles on mental health entitled "The Cost of Not Caring,'' was found dead in his apartment in Towson, Md., on Sunday, his family said. Zac, 23, suffered from ...
  • Schizophrenia: setting the misconceptions straight - ScienceBlog.com (blog)

    18 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Schizophrenia: setting the misconceptions straightScienceBlog.com (blog)I'm not going to lie, I do enjoy films like 'Fight Club' and 'Me, Myself and Irene', and I agree that 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' is a classic novel which should be read by all. image1 But putting entertainment aside, presenting those with schizophrenia as
 
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  • Drugmaker Lilly cuts revenue forecast as dollar strengthens

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:56 am
    After hitting a 6-1/2 month low in May, the dollar has surged about 20 percent against a basket of major currencies, making overseas sales denominated in other currencies less valuable in dollar terms. Lilly now expects 2015 revenue to be in the range of $19.5 billion-$20 billion , below the average analyst estimate of $20.67 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
  • Mirror neuron dysfunction in schizophrenia and its functional implications: a systematic review.

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Dysfunctional mirror neuron activity has been posited to underlie diverse symptoms of schizophrenia . In this paper, we systematically review studies that have empirically compared putative MNA in schizophrenia patients and healthy subjects using different neurophysiological probes.
  • Psychosis and a Predetermination of failure

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:51 pm
    This article by Dr. Ann Olson was originally published on the Brainbloggrer website, under the author's name, Dr. Ann Reitan. Please note that an book by Ann Olson, enttiled "Illuminating Schizophrenia: Insights into the Uncommon Mind", is available for purchase on Amazon.com Stigma surrounding schizophrenia is a circumstance of mental illness that the newly diagnosed schizophrenic may not initially perceive or anticipate.
  • Cannabidiol Attenuates Sensorimotor Gating Disruption and Molecular...

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Preclinical and clinical data suggest that cannabidiol , a major non-psychotomimetic compound from Cannabis sativa, induces antipsychotic-like effects. However, the antipsychotic properties of repeated CBD treatment have been poorly investigated.
  • Visual Perception Problems May Be a Trait of Schizophrenia

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    Individuals with schizophrenia often experience visual perception problems, including contour integration impairment, or difficulty visualizing a whole line from its fragmented parts. This is part of a growing body of evidence suggesting schizophrenia may impair gestalt perception, or the ability to recognize that an object is more than the sum of its parts.
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    MedWorm: Schizophrenia

  • Prolactin variations during risperidone therapy in a sample of drug-naive children and adolescents

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:43 am
    This study suggests that the increase in serum PRL in patients treated with risperidone may be linked not only to the drug and its dosage but also to several risk factors such as sex, pubertal stage, psychiatric disease, and autoimmune disorders. (Source: International Clinical Psychopharmacology)MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.
  • Sex-specific factors for bone density in patients with schizophrenia

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:43 am
    This study aims to examine specific risk factors of low BMD in different sexes. Men (n=80) and women (n=115) with schizophrenia, similar in demographic and clinical characteristics, were enrolled in three centers. Clinical and laboratory variables (including blood levels of prolactin, sex and thyroid hormones, cortisol, calcium, and alkaline phosphatase) were collected. BMD was measured using a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometer. Men had lower BMD than women. Predictors for BMD in men included hyperprolactinemia (B=−0.821, P=0.009), body weight (B=0.024, P=0.046), and Global Assessment of…
  • Cognitive differences in schizophrenia on long-term treatments with clozapine, risperidone and typical antipsychotics

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:43 am
    This study examined the effect of long-term treatment with APDs on cognition in schizophrenia. Cognitive function was assessed in 418 patients with schizophrenia on long-term treatment with APDs (215 on clozapine, 91 on risperidone and 112 on typical APDs) and 159 healthy controls using the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS). Schizophrenia symptomatology was assessed using the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS). We found that cognitive test scores were significantly lower in all patients compared with the healthy controls on almost all of the…
  • Pharmacogenetics of quetiapine in healthy volunteers: association with pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and adverse effects

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:43 am
    Quetiapine is an atypical antipsychotic used for treatment of schizophrenia. Variability in response to this drug may be associated with pharmacogenetics. The aim of this study was to identify genetic markers related to the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and adverse effects of quetiapine. The study population comprised 79 healthy volunteers from two bioequivalence trials who were genotyped to identify polymorphisms in genes encoding enzymes, receptors, and transporters. Quetiapine plasma levels were quantified using high-performance liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry. Prolactin…
  • Processing of Facial and Nonsocial Information Is Differentially Associated With Severity of Symptoms in Patients With Multiepisode Schizophrenia

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    Abstract: Patients with schizophrenia show impairments in social cognitive abilities, such as recognizing facial emotions. However, the relation to symptoms remains unclear. The goal of this study was to explore whether facial emotion recognition and face identity recognition are associated with severity of symptoms and to which extent associations with symptoms differ for processing of social versus nonsocial information. Facial emotion recognition, face recognition, and abstract pattern recognition were evaluated in 98 patients with multiepisode schizophrenia. Severity of symptoms was…
 
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  • Who Gets Schizophrenia?

    schizophrenia.guide@about.com
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:20 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.
  • What Do Hallucinations Feel Like in Schizophren...

    schizophrenia.guide@about.com
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:20 am
    Hallucinations are part of schizophrenia. This article focuses on what experiencing hallucinations feels like from a patient's perspective.
  • What Causes Schizophrenia?

    schizophrenia.guide@about.com
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:20 am
    Genes play a key role in developing schizophrenia, although they can't predict the illness on their own. Genes seem to make a person vulnerable to another factor that brings the illness on.
  • How Schizophrenia Is Diagnosed

    schizophrenia.guide@about.com
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:20 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.
  • Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs Used to Treat...

    schizophrenia.guide@about.com
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:20 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.
 
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    Schizophrenia Bulletin - Advance Access

  • Schizophrenia and Autism--Related Disorders

    Hommer, R. E., Swedo, S. E.
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:22 am
  • Meta-analysis of Cognitive Impairment in First-episode Bipolar Disorder: Comparison with First-episode Schizophrenia and Healthy Controls

    Bora, E., Pantelis, C.
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:23 am
    Neurocognitive deficits are evident both in established schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (BP). However, it has been suggested that schizophrenia, but not BP, is characterized by neurodevelopmental abnormalities that can lead to cognitive deficits at the earliest stages of the illness. The aim of this meta-analytic review was to compare neurocognitive deficits in first-episode BP (FEBP) with healthy controls and first-episode schizophrenia (FES) patients. The current meta-analysis included a total of 22 adult studies and involved comparisons of 533 FEBP patients with 1417 healthy controls…
  • Schizophrenia: Nutrition and Alternative Treatment Approaches

    Royal, B.
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:02 pm
  • Jumping to Conclusions About the Beads Task? A Meta-analysis of Delusional Ideation and Data-Gathering

    Ross, R. M., McKay, R., Coltheart, M., Langdon, R.
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:02 pm
    It has been claimed that delusional and delusion-prone individuals have a tendency to gather less data before forming beliefs. Most of the evidence for this "jumping to conclusions" (JTC) bias comes from studies using the "beads task" data-gathering paradigm. However, the evidence for the JTC bias is mixed. We conducted a random-effects meta-analysis of individual participant data from 38 clinical and nonclinical samples (n = 2,237) to investigate the relationship between data gathering in the beads task (using the "draws to decision" measure) and delusional ideation (as indexed by the…
  • Schizophrenia in the Spectrum of Gene-Stress Interactions: The FKBP5 Example

    Daskalakis, N. P., Binder, E. B.
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:54 pm
    Many studies have demonstrated that genotype (G) interacts with adverse life experiences (E) to produce individual differences in vulnerability and resilience to mental disorders, including schizophrenia. Genetic susceptibility to stress and the timing of the environmental exposure(s) are relevant for these interactions and represent common risk factors. We take the example of the FKBP5 gene to illustrate G x E interactions that predict pleiotropic psychiatric outcomes, including schizophrenia.
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    31 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
  • Is it time to consign the label of schizophrenia to history? An invited commentary

    Antonio Lasalvia, Elena Penta, Norman Sartorius, Scott Henderson
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The term schizophrenia is increasingly contested by researchers, clinicians, patients and families. Mental health users and professionals around the world have started calling for a change of the name, seeing it as stigmatizing and harmful. This paper reviews the literature published so far on the issue of renaming schizophrenia, carefully weighing the pros and cons of the proposed changes. Forty seven papers have been published so far, encompassing editorials, research papers, commentaries to editorials, letters, forum papers and narrative reviews.
  • Minimal evidence that untreated psychosis damages brain structures: A systematic review

    Kelly K. Anderson, Myanca Rodrigues, Kamalpreet Mann, Aristotle Voineskos, Benoit H. Mulsant, Tony P. George, Kwame J. McKenzie
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A longer duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) is associated with poor outcomes in first-episode psychosis (FEP); however, it is unclear whether this is due to the effects of psychosis on brain structure. We systematically reviewed the literature on the association between the length of untreated psychosis and brain structure in first-episode psychosis.
  • Psychosis risk screening among secondary school students in Abeokuta, Nigeria: Validity of the Prodromal Questionnaire — Brief Version (PQ-B)

    A.O. Okewole, D. Ajogbon, A.A. Adeniji, O.O. Omotoso, S.S. Awhangansi, M.E. Fasokun, A.A. Agboola, A.K. Oyekanmi
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Psychosis exists on a continuum in the general population (Johns et al., 2004), with a developmental progression (Insel, 2010). Various studies have reported prevalence (ranging from 7% to 23%) of psychotic symptoms among adolescents, depending on age range and screening method (Kelleher et al., 2012a, 2012b). These were mostly studies done in Caucasian populations. A search of the African literature revealed little information on psychotic symptomatology in the general, and especially the child and adolescent populations.
  • Social skills training and computer-assisted cognitive remediation in schizophrenia

    Matthew M. Kurtz, Kim T. Mueser, Warren R. Thime, Silvia Corbera, Bruce E. Wexler
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A growing body of research shows that cognitive remediation (COG REM), consisting of drill-and-practice and/or strategy training in neurocognitive functions, produces moderate improvements in neurocognition. These improvements generalize to functioning when COG REM is provided with other rehabilitation interventions (Wykes et al., 2011). The number of studies using COG REM as an adjunct to other behavioral-based rehabilitation interventions however remains small and consists of widely varying interventions with few active control conditions.
 
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    Schizophrenia Research

  • Is it time to consign the label of schizophrenia to history? An invited commentary

    Antonio Lasalvia, Elena Penta, Norman Sartorius, Scott Henderson
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The term schizophrenia is increasingly contested by researchers, clinicians, patients and families. Mental health users and professionals around the world have started calling for a change of the name, seeing it as stigmatizing and harmful. This paper reviews the literature published so far on the issue of renaming schizophrenia, carefully weighing the pros and cons of the proposed changes. Forty seven papers have been published so far, encompassing editorials, research papers, commentaries to editorials, letters, forum papers and narrative reviews.
  • Minimal evidence that untreated psychosis damages brain structures: A systematic review

    Kelly K. Anderson, Myanca Rodrigues, Kamalpreet Mann, Aristotle Voineskos, Benoit H. Mulsant, Tony P. George, Kwame J. McKenzie
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A longer duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) is associated with poor outcomes in first-episode psychosis (FEP); however, it is unclear whether this is due to the effects of psychosis on brain structure. We systematically reviewed the literature on the association between the length of untreated psychosis and brain structure in first-episode psychosis.
  • Social skills training and computer-assisted cognitive remediation in schizophrenia

    Matthew M. Kurtz, Kim T. Mueser, Warren R. Thime, Silvia Corbera, Bruce E. Wexler
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A growing body of research shows that cognitive remediation (COG REM), consisting of drill-and-practice and/or strategy training in neurocognitive functions, produces moderate improvements in neurocognition. These improvements generalize to functioning when COG REM is provided with other rehabilitation interventions (Wykes et al., 2011). The number of studies using COG REM as an adjunct to other behavioral-based rehabilitation interventions however remains small and consists of widely varying interventions with few active control conditions.
  • Psychosis risk screening among secondary school students in Abeokuta, Nigeria: Validity of the Prodromal Questionnaire — Brief Version (PQ-B)

    A.O. Okewole, D. Ajogbon, A.A. Adeniji, O.O. Omotoso, S.S. Awhangansi, M.E. Fasokun, A.A. Agboola, A.K. Oyekanmi
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Psychosis exists on a continuum in the general population (Johns et al., 2004), with a developmental progression (Insel, 2010). Various studies have reported prevalence (ranging from 7% to 23%) of psychotic symptoms among adolescents, depending on age range and screening method (Kelleher et al., 2012a, 2012b). These were mostly studies done in Caucasian populations. A search of the African literature revealed little information on psychotic symptomatology in the general, and especially the child and adolescent populations.
  • Emotional and behavioral symptomatology reported by help-seeking youth at clinical high-risk for psychosis

    Elizabeth Thompson, Emily Kline, Lauren M. Ellman, Vijay Mittal, Gloria M. Reeves, Jason Schiffman
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Subthreshold psychosis-like experiences are typically the focus of psychosis-risk screening as they are associated with a greater propensity for future illness. Potentially prodromal individuals identified as being at clinical high-risk (CHR), however, report a variety of distressing and impairing mental health symptoms in addition to subthreshold psychosis symptoms, indicating that this population is of clinical interest regardless of whether or not they develop psychosis. In the current study, 90 young people (12–21) seeking mental health services completed the Behavior Assessment System…
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    Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan

  • 2015 Winter Variety Night

    Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Healing Through Humour presents The 2015 Winter Variety Night Sunday, February 15th at 9pm (Doors at 8) featuring the music of Ben Winoski and Colby Nargang along with stand up comedy from Healing Through Humour Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door Call 306-352-3006 to get yours! Check out the youtube video for more information!
  • SSS 2014 Annual General Meeting

    Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    You are invited to attend the Provincial Office of the Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan’s Annual General Meeting and Awards Luncheon Monday, September 29, 2014 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. DoubleTree by Hilton Regina Hotel and Conference Centre Swift Current Room *Please RSVP your attendance for lunch by September 26th.  Please return the attached form or by calling the SSS office at 306-584-2620 or 1-877-584-2620 or by fax at 306-584-0525 or by e-mail to sssprov@sasktel.net
  • Regina Chapter 2014 Annual General Meeting

    Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    Annual General Meeting The Regina Chapter of The Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan (SSS) Monday, September 15, 2014 Meet and greet at 6:15pm (light supper) Meeting at 7:00 pm *Please RSVP to the contact info below United Way of Regina 1440 Scarth Street Guest Speakers Anita Hopfauf- SSS Executive Director Tanya Condo-SSS Partnership Program Coordinator *The Regina Chapter is currently looking for new Board Members.  If you are interested, please email your resume to Regina Chapter President, Mike Gardiner at carmi@sasktel.net or call 306 584-2620 to leave a message.
  • Family Members and Caregiver’s Survey

    Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Are you a family member or caregiver to someone with schizophrenia,bipolar disorder, or other related mental illness? The Schizophrenia Society of Canada is doing research into the experiences of caregivers, and would like your feedback. If you are interested in taking part in this very important research, please click here to proceed to the Schizophrenia Society of Canada research page. Thank you for time and insight!
  • SSC Award Applications are now being accepted – Deadline is September 12, 2014

    Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    The Schizophrenia Society of Canada is now accepting applications for their annual awards. Click here to learn more!
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  • Why should adolescents exhibiting symptoms of mental disorders be asked about hallucinations?

    22 Jan 2015 | 5:43 am
    Visual distortions and hallucinations related to an elevated risk of psychosis are linked to self-destructive thought processes among adolescents with psychological symptoms, according to a recent study. Early indications of the risk of psychosis can usually be detected long before the onset of a full-blown disorder.
  • Finding shared pathways for psychiatric disorders

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    A study on shared genetic risk factors and common pathways for schizophrenia, major depression and bipolar disorder is currently underway, with the hopes of finding more and improved treatments for a number of psychiatric disorders for where there is a gap in treatments.
  • Development of psychosis: Gray matter loss and the inflamed brain

    13 Jan 2015 | 6:04 am
    The thickness of cortical brain tissue progressively reduces as individuals develop psychosis, according to researchers of a large, multi-site study of young adults at clinical high risk. Onset of psychosis typically occurs during the transition from adolescence to early adulthood, a period of time when the brain is also maturing, they note.
  • Less than half of UK prescriptions for antipsychotics issued for main licensed conditions

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Less than half of UK prescriptions for antipsychotic drugs are being issued to treat the serious mental illnesses for which they are mainly licensed, reveals research. Instead, they may often be prescribed 'off label' to older people with other conditions, such as anxiety and dementia, despite the greater risk of potentially serious side effects in this age group, the findings indicate.
  • Neuronal circuits filter out distractions in brain

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    Scientists have hypothesized for decades about how the brain filters out distractions, but it has been challenging to find evidence to support the theories. Now, researchers have identified a neural circuit in the mouse brain that controls attention and sensory processing, providing insight into how the brain filters out distractions. The work has implications for devastating psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia that are characterized at least in part by significant attention deficits.
 
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    Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia

  • Support for Family and Friends of Persons Living with Mental Illness

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    This Monday, February 2nd, 2015, 7:00 pmNew MinasA Self-Help Group in Kings County, Nova ScotiaCaring for a loved one who is dealing with a mental illness can require emotional and practical support. You are not alone. This self-help group was started in the fall of 2008 to share personal experiences in response to the need of support for the families and friends of persons living with serious mental illness.While it originated through families involved in the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia (SSNS), the group feels it can offer support to families dealing with a wide range of brain…
  • The "From Recovery to Discovery" Mental Health Peer Support Group - Halifax

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    This Thursday, February 5th, 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, February 5th, 2015, 6:30 pm A Spotlight on Bipolar Disorder featuringThree People Sharing their Experiences…
  • HRM Family Education & Support Group

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Monday, February 9th, 7:00 pmHRM Chapter of the SSNSFamily Education & Support Group MeetingDateMonday, February 9th, 2015Time7:00 pm to 9:00 pmPlaceRoom 1243A, Halifax InfirmaryQueen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre1796 Summer StreetHalifax, Nova ScotiaPlease click on the image to magnify it.To download a PDF version of the above flyer, please click here.The meeting is open to anyone. Family members, friends, co-workers, and other supporters of those living with schizophrenia and related illnesses are especially encouraged to attend and participate.For further information, please…
  • Pictou County MI (Mental Illness) Family Support Group

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    Tuesday, February 10th, 7:00 pmPictou County MI (Mental Illness) Family Support GroupFamily Education and Support Group MeetingThe Pictou County MI (Mental Illness) Family Support Group meets on the second Tuesday of every month (except July & August) at the Nova Scotia Community College in Stellarton.DateTuesday, February 10th, 2015Time7:00 pm to 9:00 pmPlaceNSCC Pictou CampusRoom B-120 (back entrance, plenty of free parking)39 Acadia AvenueStellarton, Nova ScotiaSpeakerDr. Stephen AyerExecutive DirectorSchizophrenia Society of Nova ScotiaEveryone Welcome!For further information about…
  • Job Posting - Project Coordinator - Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Below is an image of the first page of a four-page job posting. To download the entire job posting (PDF), please click here.Please click on the image to magnify it.
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  • Mental health stigma is a barrier in the workplace, survey says

    M Tyler
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:43 am
    Talking about mental health issues in the workplace is a gray area for most people, according to a new survey done by Canadian researchers. An estimated four in 10 people said they would not disclose a mental health problem to their managers - despite the fact that half of the 2,219 participants said they would want to help if they knew about a coworker's illness. "Stigma is a barrier to people seeking help," said study leader Dr. Carolyn Dewa, from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). "Yet by getting treatment, it would benefit the worker and the workplace, and minimize…
  • Mental illness among British soldiers on the rise

    M Tyler
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    British soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions are increasing in numbers, according to Britain's Official Ministry of Defence (MoD). The number of servicemen and servicewomen who suffer from some type of mental health condition rose from 3,927 in 2011 to 5,076 in 2013. The rise, according to former army Colonel Stuart Tootal, can be attributed to Britain's growing presence in the Middle East. "You cannot ignore the fact that the Army has just spent over 10 years on intensive operations in Iraq and Afghanistan," Tootal…
  • A high IQ could protect against schizophrenia

    M Tyler
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
    It's possible that intelligence - specifically IQ score - can be linked to schizophrenia risk, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Researchers identified the IQ scores of participants between the ages of 18 and 20 and tracked the patients' health and hospitalization records for 24 years. Comparing the participants' IQ to the IQ scores of their relatives, the team found that men with lower IQs than their siblings had the most significant risk for schizophrenia. "What really predicted risk for schizophrenia is how much you deviate from the predicted IQ that…
  • Hugs can help ward off stress-related illness

    M Tyler
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Schizophrenia patients are generally more prone to stress-related disorders or symptoms, and there is a large body of research that suggests social support can help these individuals cope better. A new study supports this idea, suggesting that mental health can be boosted by receiving a hug. Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers found that hugs can protect stressed people from getting sick - and also result in less severe symptoms when illness does manifest. "We know that people experiencing ongoing conflicts with others are less able to fight off cold viruses," said Sheldon Cohen,…
  • Scientists discover early signs of psychosis

    M Tyler
    28 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Schizophrenia is a condition that usually starts showing symptoms in the early adult years, making that time a critical period for identifying and treating the condition before it worsens. New research from eight universities, including Emory, Yale and Harvard, has identified a new set of symptoms that are linked to an increase of developing psychotic illness - most of which occur around the ages of 17-21. The findings have enabled researchers to develop a "risk-prediction algorithm," which clinicians can use to test patients for warning signs of schizophrenia. Risk factors Among the symptoms…
 
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