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  • Long-acting Version of Zyprexa Approved for Schizophrenia

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    16 Dec 2009 | 9:00 am
    The FDA has approved a long-acting version of the drug olanzapine (Zyprexa) for use in schizophrenia. The new version only needs to be given every two to four weeks, compared to daily doses of the current version....Read Full Post
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    Schizophrenia News
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    Driven by our commitment to patients, healthcare professionals, and caregivers, we strive to develop sustainable and integrated healthcare solutions by working in partnership with all stakeholders on the basis of trust and transparency.
  • Discovery of anti-distraction system in the brain has implications for ADHD, schizophrenia

    Schizophrenia News From Medical News Today
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Two Simon Fraser University psychologists have made a brain-related discovery that could revolutionize doctors' perception and treatment of attention-deficit disorders.
  • Microglial Magic: Drug Wipes Them Out, New Set Appears

    Schizophrenia Research Forum: Research News
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Scientists are intensely interested in understanding the role neuroinflammation plays in neurodegenerative disease...
  • Online, social media and mobile technologies for psychosis treatment: A systematic review on novel user-led interventions - Corrected Proof

    Schizophrenia Research - Articles in Press
    M. Alvarez-Jimenez, M.A. Alcazar-Corcoles, C.G. Gonzalez-Blanch, S. Bendall, P.D. McGorry, J.F. Gleeson
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Abstract: Background: Internet and mobile-based interventions provide a unique opportunity to deliver cost-effective, accessible, time-unlimited support to people with psychosis. The aims of this study were to systematically compile and analyze the evidence on the acceptability, feasibility, safety and benefits of online and mobile-based interventions for psychosis.Methods: Systematic review of peer-reviewed studies examining the usability, acceptability, feasibility, safety or efficacy of user-led, Internet or mobile-based interventions, with at least 80% of participants diagnosed with…
 
 
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  • Liking the effects of d-amphetamines linked to decreased risk for schizophrenia

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    The story: In a just published paper researchers from the University of Chicago report that a genetic predisposition toward liking the effects of amphetamines (specifically, d-amphetamine, the active ingredient of Adderall) might be associated with a decrease in the risk for schizophrenia and, incidentally, also attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)....Read Full Post
  • Jury Finds AstraZeneca Not Liable in Drug Law Suit

    18 Mar 2010 | 9:09 am
    A court have found AstraZeneca not guilty in the case of their psychiatric drug Seroquel causing harm to users. Ted Baker, 61, had sued the drug maker, claiming that the drug, which he was taking caused his diabetes....Read Full Post
  • New Schizophrenia Drug Now Available in U.S.

    11 Jan 2010 | 7:55 am
    The pharmaceutical company Novartis has announced that the schizophrenia drug Fanapt (iloperidone) is now available to adult patients. Fanapt is an oral antipsychotic that is designed to be taken twice a day. It received FDA approval in May 2009....Read Full Post
  • Long-acting Version of Zyprexa Approved for Schizophrenia

    16 Dec 2009 | 9:00 am
    The FDA has approved a long-acting version of the drug olanzapine (Zyprexa) for use in schizophrenia. The new version only needs to be given every two to four weeks, compared to daily doses of the current version....Read Full Post
  • What influences your treatment choices?

    10 Jan 2008 | 10:29 am
    People with schizophrenia follow many different paths of treatment, some effective, some not as effective. What has been your experience with the health care system since your loved one ...Read Full Post
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  • How is Schizophrenia Diagnosed?

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    23 Apr 2014 | 4:11 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.
  • Living With Schizophrenia

    schizophrenia.guide@about.com
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:11 am
    Schizophrenia is a chronic disease, and you should plan for times of remission and times of relapse. Even in remission, your residual symptoms (the symptoms you continue to have even when you’re relatively well) will effect all aspects of your life. This article from your About Guide to Schizophrenia gives you concrete suggestions to help you improve you independent living skills and social relationships. Page 2.
  • The Internal Experience of Schizophrenia

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    23 Apr 2014 | 4:11 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. Page 2.
  • What Causes Schizophrenia?

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    23 Apr 2014 | 4:11 am
    Developmental theories of schizophrenia explore things that may have gone wrong during fetal and infant brain development. Page 3.
  • What are the Symptoms of Schizophrenia?

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    23 Apr 2014 | 4:11 am
    Are you having experiences that seem unreal? Are you concerned about strange behavior in a loved one? Learn to understand and describe the symptoms of schizophrenia, so that you can communicate them to a doctor.
 
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  • Decompensate

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Definition of the term, decompensate.
  • What are the Symptoms of Schizophrenia?

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Are you having experiences that seem unreal? Are you concerned about strange behavior in a loved one? Learn to understand and describe the symptoms of schizophrenia, so that you can communicate them to a doctor.
  • The Internal Experience of Schizophrenia

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 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.
  • How is Schizophrenia Diagnosed?

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 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.
  • Negative Symptoms

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Definitions of the term, negative symptoms.
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  • Relationships Between Divided Attention and Working Memory Impairment in People With Schizophrenia

    Gray, B. E., Hahn, B., Robinson, B., Harvey, A., Leonard, C. J., Luck, S. J., Gold, J. M.
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:27 am
    Recent studies suggest that people with schizophrenia (PSZ) have difficulty distributing their attention broadly. Other research suggests that PSZ have reduced working memory (WM) capacity. This study tested whether these findings reflect a common underlying deficit. We measured the ability to distribute attention by means of the Useful Field of View (UFOV) task, in which participants must distribute attention so that they can discriminate a foveal target and simultaneously localize a peripheral target. Participants included 50 PSZ and 52 healthy control subjects. We found that PSZ exhibited…
  • Inflammatory Molecular Signature Associated With Infectious Agents in Psychosis

    Hayes, L. N., Severance, E. G., Leek, J. T., Gressitt, K. L., Rohleder, C., Coughlin, J. M., Leweke, F. M., Yolken, R. H., Sawa, A.
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    Schizophrenia (SZ) is a devastating mental condition with onset in young adulthood. The identification of molecular biomarkers that reflect illness pathology is crucial. Recent evidence suggested immune and inflammatory cascades in conjunction with infection may play a role in the pathology. To address this question, we investigated molecular changes in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from antipsychotic-naïve patients with SZ and at risk mental status for psychosis (ARMS), in comparison with healthy controls (HCs). We measured 90 analytes using a broad multiplex platform focusing on immune and…
  • Why Do Bad Things Happen to Me? Attributional Style, Depressed Mood, and Persecutory Delusions in Patients With Schizophrenia

    Mehl, S., Landsberg, M. W., Schmidt, A.-C., Cabanis, M., Bechdolf, A., Herrlich, J., Loos-Jankowiak, S., Kircher, T., Kiszkenow, S., Klingberg, S., Kommescher, M., Moritz, S., Muller, B. W., Sartory, G., Wiedemann, G., Wittorf, A., Wolwer, W., Wagner, M.
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    Theoretical models postulate an important role of attributional style (AS) in the formation and maintenance of persecutory delusions and other positive symptoms of schizophrenia. However, current research has gathered conflicting findings. In a cross-sectional design, patients with persistent positive symptoms of schizophrenia (n = 258) and healthy controls (n = 51) completed a revised version of the Internal, Personal and Situational Attributions Questionnaire (IPSAQ-R) and assessments of psychopathology. In comparison to controls, neither patients with schizophrenia in general nor patients…
  • Recovery in Psychosis: A Delphi Study With Experts by Experience

    Law, H., Morrison, A. P.
    12 Apr 2014 | 1:37 am
    This study aimed to establish consensus about the meaning of recovery among individuals with experience of psychosis. A Delphi approach was utilized to allow a large sample of service users to be anonymously consulted about their views on recovery. Service users were invited to take part in a 3-stage consultation process. A total of 381 participants gave their views on recovery in the main stage of this study, with 100 of these taking part in the final review stage. The final list of statements about recovery included 94 items, which were rated as essential or important by >80% of…
  • The Association Between Schizophrenia and Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Nationwide Population-Based Swedish Study on Intraindividual and Familial Risks

    Sellgren, C., Frisell, T., Lichtenstein, P., Landen, M., Askling, J.
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    Numerous studies have reported a reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in schizophrenia. The mechanisms are unknown, but recent genome-wide association studies of schizophrenia have shown strong associations with markers spanning the major histocompatibility complex region, indicating a possible role for adaptive immunity also in schizophrenia. In this population-based cohort study, we assess the associations between RA and schizophrenia and the extent to which any observed associations are specific to RA/schizophrenia. We then extend the assessments per RA subtype and to risks in…
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    31 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
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  • Using parent and youth reports from the Behavior Assessment System for Children, Second Edition to identify individuals at clinical high-risk for psychosis

    Elizabeth Thompson, Emily Kline, Gloria Reeves, Steven C. Pitts, Kristin Bussell, Jason Schiffman
    16 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Abstract: Brief self-report screening can help facilitate early identification of individuals at risk for or in early stages of psychosis. Existing screening tools focus on self-reported attenuated positive symptoms to detect potential risk; however, parent reports may also be helpful for assessing symptoms, especially in younger patients. Recent evidence has shown that the “atypicality” scale within the self-report form of the Behavior Assessment System for Children, Second Edition (BASC-2) may be useful for identifying high-risk youth within a more clinically comprehensive and…
  • A six month randomized controlled trial of long acting injectable risperidone 50 and 100mg in treatment resistant schizophrenia

    H.Y. Meltzer, J.-P. Lindenmayer, J. Kwentus, D.B. Share, R. Johnson, K. Jayathilake
    13 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Abstract: It has been suggested that atypical antipsychotic drugs (A-APDs) other than clozapine may be effective to improve positive symptoms in some patients with treatment resistant schizophrenia (TRS), if both the dose is higher, and the duration of the trial longer, than those which have been ineffective in non-TRS (NTRS) patients. This hypothesis was tested with long acting injectable risperidone (Risperdal Consta®, RLAI). One hundred sixty TRS patients selected for persistent moderate–severe delusions or hallucinations, or both, were randomized to RLAI, 50 or 100mg biweekly, in a six…
  • Abbreviated quality of life scales for schizophrenia: Comparison and utility of two brief community functioning measures

    Gagan Fervaha, George Foussias, Ishraq Siddiqui, Ofer Agid, Gary Remington
    12 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Abstract: Background: The Heinrichs-Carpenter Quality of Life Scale (QLS) is the most extensively used real-world community functioning scale in schizophrenia research. However, the extensive time required to administer it and the inclusion of items that overlap conceptually with negative symptoms limit its use across studies. The present study examined the validity and utility of two abbreviated QLS measures against the full QLS excluding negative symptom items.Method: The sample included 1427 patients with schizophrenia who completed the baseline visit in the CATIE study. The validity of…
 
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    Schizophrenia Research - Articles in Press

  • Decreased interleukin-10 serum levels in first-episode drug-naïve schizophrenia: Relationship to psychopathology - Corrected Proof

    Mei Hong Xiu, Gui Gang Yang, Yun Long Tan, Da Chun Chen, Shu Ping Tan, Zhi Ren Wang, Fu De Yang, Olaoluwa Okusaga, Jair C. Soares, Xiang Yang Zhang
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Abstract: Many lines of findings support the hypothesis of the inflammation-related pathways in the multifactorial pathogenesis of schizophrenia (SZ). Interleukin-10 (IL-10), a potential anti-inflammatory cytokine, was found to be altered in chronic patients with SZ. The aim of this study was to assess the serum levels of IL-10 in first-episode and drug-naïve (FEDN) patients with SZ and its relationships with the psychopathological parameters. Serum IL-10 levels were analyzed using established procedures in 128 FEDN patients with SZ and 62 healthy controls. Schizophrenia symptoms were…
  • Online, social media and mobile technologies for psychosis treatment: A systematic review on novel user-led interventions - Corrected Proof

    M. Alvarez-Jimenez, M.A. Alcazar-Corcoles, C.G. Gonzalez-Blanch, S. Bendall, P.D. McGorry, J.F. Gleeson
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Abstract: Background: Internet and mobile-based interventions provide a unique opportunity to deliver cost-effective, accessible, time-unlimited support to people with psychosis. The aims of this study were to systematically compile and analyze the evidence on the acceptability, feasibility, safety and benefits of online and mobile-based interventions for psychosis.Methods: Systematic review of peer-reviewed studies examining the usability, acceptability, feasibility, safety or efficacy of user-led, Internet or mobile-based interventions, with at least 80% of participants diagnosed with…
  • Pro-inflammatory cytokine levels are raised in female schizophrenia patients treated with clozapine - Corrected Proof

    Kara E. O'Connell, Jogin Thakore, Kumlesh K. Dev
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Abstract: Background: We have previously shown that the neurotrophic factor, S100B, is raised in serum samples of female patients with schizophrenia, but not male patients, compared to controls, and this may be associated with raised BMI. Here we analysed the levels of additional proinflammatory cytokines in patients with schizophrenia to further investigate these gender differences.Methods: The levels of six cytokines (IL1β, IL6, IL8, IL17, IL23, TNFα) were measured in serum samples obtained from patients with schizophrenia, treated with clozapine (n=91) and compared with healthy controls…
  • Illness insight and neurophysiological error-processing deficits in schizophrenia - Corrected Proof

    Vinay Kansal, Iulia Patriciu, Michael Kiang
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Abstract: Impaired illness insight in schizophrenia is associated with non-adherence and worse outcomes. Schizophrenia patients also exhibit error-monitoring deficits, which have been proposed to cause poor insight. To test this hypothesis, we examined whether schizophrenia patients' deficits in neurophysiological error-monitoring indices, the error-related negativity (ERN) and error positivity (Pe) event-related potential (ERP) amplitudes, are associated with impaired insight. ERPs were recorded in 18 schizophrenia patients and 18 normal comparison participants during a Stroop task.
  • A comparison of decision making in patients with bipolar i disorder and schizophrenia - Corrected Proof

    Diego J. Martino, Sergio A. Strejilevich
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Currently there is a heated debate about whether bipolar disorder (BD) and schizophrenia (SZ) are separate diseases or if they are part of a neurodevelopmentally continuous model of psychosis (). Both genetic and familial studies showed that there is an overlap in genetic risk of these disorders () and neurocognitive functioning is one of the most frequently investigated endophenotypes. Neurocognitive studies consistently reported quantitative rather than qualitative differences not supporting a nosological distinction (for a review see ). A paradigm in which qualitative differences could be…
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  • Life stressors trigger neurological disorders, researchers find

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    When mothers are exposed to trauma, illness, alcohol or other drug abuse, these stressors may activate a single molecular trigger in brain cells that can go awry and activate conditions such as schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder and some forms of autism. Until now, it has been unclear how much these stressors have impacted the cells of a developing brain. Past studies have shown that when an expectant mother exposes herself to alcohol or drug abuse or she experiences some trauma or illness, her baby may later develop a psychiatric disorder later in life. But the new findings…
  • Mental illness not usually linked to crime, research finds

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    In a study of crimes committed by people with serious mental disorders, only 7.5 percent were directly related to symptoms of mental illness, according to new research. Researchers analyzed 429 crimes committed by 143 offenders with three major types of mental illness and found that 3 percent of their crimes were directly related to symptoms of major depression, 4 percent to symptoms of schizophrenia disorders and 10 percent to symptoms of bipolar disorder.
  • Protein researchers closing in on the mystery of schizophrenia

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    Schizophrenia is a severe disease for which there is still no effective medical treatment. In an attempt to understand exactly what happens in the brain of a schizophrenic person, researchers have analyzed proteins in the brains of rats that have been given hallucinogenic drugs. This may pave the way for new and better medicines.
  • Researchers search for earliest roots of psychiatric disorders

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    A single molecular mechanism in the developing brain has been identified that sheds light on how cells may go awry when exposed to a variety of different environmental insults. The findings suggest that different types of stressors prenatally activate a single molecular trigger in brain cells that may make exposed individuals susceptible to late-onset neuropsychiatric disorders.
  • Genetic predisposition to liking amphetamine reduces risk of schizophrenia, ADHD

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Genetic variants associated with enjoying the effects of d-amphetamine -— the active ingredient in Adderall -— are also associated with a reduced risk for developing schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), report scientists. "Some of the variants that make you like amphetamine also appear to make you less likely to develop schizophrenia and ADHD," said study leader. "Our study provides new insights into the biology of amphetamine and how it relates to the biology of risk for these psychiatric diseases."
 
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  • 2014 Road to Recovery Walk

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    The Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia’sSaturday, May 3rd, 2014 Road to Recovery walks are being held on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, in Baddeck, Bridgewater, Halifax, Inverness, Pictou County, Port Hawkesbury, Sydney, Windsor, and Wolfville.NO MOREMental Illness = Shame, Misconceptions, Stereotyping, Prejudicial Attitudes, and DiscriminationTake ACTION!To register for one of the seven Road to Recovery walks, and to set up your own online fundraising webpage, please visit:www.RoadtoRecoveryWalk.comPlease click on the image to magnify it.To download a PDF version of the 2014 Road to Recovery…
  • Mind Your Health - Antigonish, Nova Scotia

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    TODAY, April 23rd, 2:00 pmAntigonish, Nova ScotiaPlease click on the image to magnify it.To download the PDF version of the above poster, please click here.Also see:GASHA - Mental Health Services
  • The "From Recovery to Discovery" Mental Health Peer Support Group - Halifax

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Tomorrow, April 24th, 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, April 24th, 2014, 6:30 pmOutside Looking In ...This week’s meeting will be entirely devoted to a mental health…
  • Celebration of Hope - New Minas

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    This Saturday, April 26th, 7:00 pmHosted by the Kings County Chapter of the Schizophrenia Society of Nova ScotiaTickets are $15.00 and are available from Roger or Sadie Cann by calling (902) 681-2448A silent auction and tickets auction will start at 6:30 pm LocationLouis Millet Community Complex9489 Commercial StreetNew Minas, Nova ScotiaGuest SpeakerStarr DobsonPresident & Chief Executive OfficerMental Health Foundation of Nova ScotiaEntertainmentThe Wolfville Gentlemen’s ChorusandThe Gaelic Chorus and Highland DancersFunds raised will be provided to the Evangeline Recreational Society…
  • Is the DSM-5 "making" more kids sick?

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
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  • Mothers exposed to trauma may have babies prone to mental illness

    Mara Tyler
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Women who are exposed to alcohol and drug abuse, trauma, or other types of stresors during pregnancy might be prone to having babies that develop conditions like schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder or autism, according to a new study. Researchers from the Children's National Health System and Yale found that a certain molecular mechanism in the brain could explain why particular environmental conditions might trigger mental illness later in life. Mice embryos that were exposed to alcohol, methyl-mercury or maternal seizures activated a gene called HSF1 in the cerebral cortex. This…
  • Mental illness isn't usually associated with crime, new study reports

    Mara Tyler
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    Stereotypes that make an association between mental illness and criminal activity might not be rooted in reality, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. The study found that only 7.5 percent of crimes committed by people with serious mental disorders were directly related to their symptoms. A total of 429 crimes committed by 143 different people were analyzed for the study. The individuals who committed the crimes had one of three major types of mental illness: depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. "When we hear about crimes committed by people…
  • In China, women and elderly with schizophrenia have greater suicide risk

    Mara Tyler
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:24 pm
    In the west, schizophrenia is a condition often strongly associated with young males. Moreover, being young and male are two demographic factors that are considered major risk factors for schizophrenia-related suicide, reports Clinical Psychiatry News Digital Network. Yet a new study found that schizophrenic women and older adults in rural China are much more likely to commit suicide. About 9.7 percent of all suicide completions in the Chinese study were people with schizophrenia, the research reports, compared with 5 percent in Western countries. 16 counties studied Researchers analyzed data…
  • Schizophrenics more likely to die of tobacco use than other individuals, study reports

    Mara Tyler
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Tobacco use is responsible for about 53 percent of deaths in schizophrenia patients, according to a study from the University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George. In a study population of about 591,000 patients, tobacco-related deaths were about double what they are in the general population. The researchers analyzed the death records of patients who had been hospitalized with a schizophrenia diagnosis between 1990 and 2005 in California. Cardiovascular, respiratory disease rates high Schizophrenia patients, as well as individuals with bipolar disorder and depression, all showed…
  • If you enjoy adderall, you may have a decreased risk of developing schizophrenia

    Mara Tyler
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Certain genetic variants that make a person enjoy the effects caused by d-amphetamine, the active ingredient in Adderall, could also reduce an individual's risk for developing schizophrenia or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study reports. A team from the University of Chicago Medical Center who conducted the research say the results support the idea that dopamine, a neurotransmitter that is effected by amphetamine, is related to schizophrenia and ADHD. "Our study provides new insights into the biology of amphetamine and how it relates to the biology of risk for these…
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  • Misdiagnosis Of Schizophrenia

    Schiz Life
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    Schizophrenia is associated with all kinds of risk factors. The disease is not fully understood, hence the impossibility to perfectly cure it. Although its symptoms have also been mentioned in ancient writings and medical journals, the truth is that understanding this affliction has always been a challenge for the medical world due to its high complexity. While some risk factors and symptoms are obvious, a perfect treatment and a precise diagnosis are still very problematic. Patients aren’t relatively often classified as suffering from schizophrenia. Instead, they are classified as…
  • The Stages of Schizophrenia

    Schiz Life
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:17 pm
    A person does not suddenly wake up one morning with a new illness called schizophrenia.  The development of schizophrenia is a process that takes place over varying periods of time depending on the individual, but it is never a sudden manifestation.  There might the first sudden noticing of the symptoms however.  The process of the revealing of this latent illness in the brain happens in a typical fashion, enough so for most everyone dealing with it that we can now classify four stages of schizophrenia.The four stages or phases of schizophrenia can be labeled as:The Prodromal StageThe…
  • Synesthesia and Schizophrenia

    Schiz Life
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Most everyone is familiar with the concept and reality of hallucinations.  There are a variety of illnesses and substances that can produce this effect in people.  Certainly if you’re here on this website then you know that schizophrenia can produce hallucinations in some of it’s sufferers.  But very few people have encountered, let alone experienced, the interesting phenomenon known as synesthesia.Synesthesia and schizophrenia have a relationship in that synesthesia itself is a hallucinatory experience and requires a base of altered perceptions to be experienced at all.  So…
  • Schizophrenia and IQ

    Schiz Life
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:58 pm
    A question that comes up sometimes is whether or not there is a relationship between schizophrenia and IQ.  IQ stands for “intelligence quotient” and is a normalize measure of intelligence in relation to the rest of society.  People are fond of saying that brilliance is close to madness.  Many true geniuses appear very strange to everyone else who isn’t three and four standard deviations above the average IQ of 100.  So the question is… is there a link between IQ and schizophrenia? The Answer is YesYes, there is a relationship at play here.  Of course, we…
  • Schizoaffective Disorder

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    15 Apr 2014 | 5:02 pm
    There are times when a person may be experiencing some of the symptoms of schizophrenia, but not all of them or not enough of them as sanctioned by the Diagnostic and  Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders to obtain an actual diagnosis (and in turn, the treatment needed).  And maybe they are displaying symptoms associated with other mental illnesses in addiction to some schizophrenia symptoms.  This is a complicated issue, make no mistake.  It is complex for the patient as well as the doctor.  Hopefully the person suffering will consult a psychiatrist or psychologist, someone who is…
 
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