Schizophrenia

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  • Aurora Theater Shooting Trial: James Holmes' Mother Says 'Schizophrenia Chose Him' - Variety

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Colorado Public RadioAurora Theater Shooting Trial: James Holmes' Mother Says 'Schizophrenia Chose Him'VarietyArlene Holmes, the mother of convicted Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, testified on Wednesday that she and her husband were unaware that their son was having suicidal and homicidal thoughts, or that he was afflicted with a “serious mental 'Schizophrenia Chose Him, He Didn't Choose It,' Theater Shooter's Mother TestifiesColorado Public RadioColorado movie gunman's mother blames mental illness, saying 'schizophrenia Toronto SunArlene Holmes,…
  • Gene mutation early in life tied to schizophrenia - Futurity: Research News

    29 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    Independent OnlineGene mutation early in life tied to schizophreniaFuturity: Research NewsSubtle changes one week after birth may set the stage for schizophrenia, according to a new study with mice that focused on the gene DISC-1. The gene first needs to bind with two other molecules known as Lis and Nudel in order for the brain's synapses Schizophrenia seeds sown in early lifeIndependent Onlineall 2 news articles »
  • Man with paranoid schizophrenia who murdered his parents is detained for life - Mirror.co.uk

    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Mirror.co.ukMan with paranoid schizophrenia who murdered his parents is detained for lifeMirror.co.ukCrook, who has paranoid schizophrenia, then drove the bodies of Roger Crook, 83 and Elsie Crook, 76, to Lincoln where he dumped their bodies in overgrown land at a home he owned. He placed wheelie bins on top of the bodies and dumped a suitcase ...and more »
  • The 2015 International Congress on Schizophrenia Research - Psychiatric Times

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:11 am
    The 2015 International Congress on Schizophrenia ResearchPsychiatric TimesRecently, I attended the 15th International Congress on Schizophrenia Research (ICOSR). This biennial meeting brings together scientists from across the globe who exchange data, techniques, and ideas on the broad range of disciplines involved with ...
  • Missing man suffers from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder; last seen July 7 - KFOX El Paso

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Missing man suffers from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder; last seen July 7KFOX El PasoMartinez suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and may not be taking his medication, officials said. On July 9 or 10, Martinez contacted his aunt and stated he was suicidal. Martinez is 5 feet, 8 inches, weighs about 210 pounds, is bald with
 
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    Schizophrenia News

  • Add-on Pregnenolone with L-Theanine to Antipsychotic Therapy Relieves ...

    29 Jul 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Add-on Pregnenolone with L-Theanine to Antipsychotic Therapy Relieves Negative and Anxiety Symptoms of Schizophrenia: An 8-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Pregnenolone and L-Theanine have shown ameliorative effects on various schizophrenia symptoms.
  • Bitropic D3 Dopamine Receptor Selective Compounds s Potential Antipsychotics.

    26 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Neuropsychiatric disorders represents a substantial social and health care issue. The National Institutes of Health estimates that greater than 2 million adults suffer from neuropsychiatric disorders in the USA.
  • Inhibition of glycine transporter 1: The yellow brick road to new schizophrenia therapy?

    26 Jul 2015 | 5:56 pm
    While pharmacological blockade of dopamine D2 receptor can effectively suppress the psychotic or positive symptoms of schizophrenia, there are no satisfactory medication for the negative and cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia in spite of the proliferation of second generation antipsychotic drugs. Excitements over a new class of third generation antipsychotics that might possibly fill this urgent medical need have been prompted by the recent development of glycine transporter 1 inhibitors.
  • Scientists identify schizophrenia's 'Rosetta Stone' gene

    23 Jul 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Scientists have identified a critical function of what they believe to be schizophrenia's "Rosetta Stone" gene that could hold the key to decoding the function of all genes involved in the disease. The breakthrough has revealed a vulnerable period in the early stages of the brain's development that researchers hope can be targeted for future efforts in reversing schizophrenia.
  • No smoke without fire - the link between smoking and mental health

    17 Jul 2015 | 3:25 am
    A recent study suggested a causal association between smoking tobacco and developing psychosis or schizophrenia, building on research about the relationship between the use of substances and the risk of psychosis. While cannabis is one of the usual suspects, a potential link with tobacco will have come as a surprise to many.
 
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    About.com Schizophrenia: What's Hot Now

  • Schizophrenia versus schizoaffective disorder

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    30 Jul 2015 | 4:21 am
    Schizophrenia and schizoaffective are two different disorders. This article discusses the relevant differences why that matters. From your About Schizophrenia Expert Guide.
  • Schizophrenia Symptoms and Diagnosis

    schizophrenia.guide@about.com
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:21 am
    What are the main symptoms of schizophrenia? How is a diagnosis of schizophrenia made?
  • The Positive and Negative Symptoms of...

    schizophrenia.guide@about.com
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:21 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.
  • Schizophrenia: Early Diagnosis and treatment

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    30 Jul 2015 | 4:21 am
    How early can schizophrenia be diagnosed? Are there warning signs that can guide prevention, early diagnosis and treatment?
  • Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs Used to Treat...

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    30 Jul 2015 | 4:21 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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    About.com Schizophrenia: Most Popular Articles

  • Schizophrenia essentials

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:43 am
    Quick and to the point Q&A about essential schizophrenia facts. From your About Schizophrenia Expert Guide.
  • How Schizophrenia Is Diagnosed

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:43 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.
  • How is Schizophrenia Treated?

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:43 am
    Whether you've been diagnosed with schizophrenia or are concerned for a loved one or friend, you'll want to understand what treatments are available. Start here for an overview.
  • Schizophrenia Symptoms and Diagnosis

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:43 am
    What are the main symptoms of schizophrenia? How is a diagnosis of schizophrenia made?
  • Paranoid

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:43 am
    Definition of the term, paranoid
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    Schizophrenia Bulletin - Advance Access

  • A Systematic Review of the Effect of Early Interventions for Psychosis on the Usage of Inpatient Services

    Randall, J. R., Vokey, S., Loewen, H., Martens, P. J., Brownell, M., Katz, A., Nickel, N. C., Burland, E., Chateau, D.
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    Objectives: To review and synthesize the currently available research on whether early intervention for psychosis programs reduce the use of inpatient services. Methods: A systematic review was conducted using keywords searches on PubMed, Embase (Ovid), PsycINFO (ProQuest), Scopus, CINAHL (EBSCO), Social Work Abstracts (EBSCO), Social Science Citations Index (Web of Science), Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest), and Child Development & Adolescent Studies (EBSCO). To be included, studies had to be peer-reviewed publications in English, examining early intervention programs using a variant of…
  • Theta Burst Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Auditory Verbal Hallucinations: Negative Findings From a Double-Blind-Randomized Trial

    Koops, S., Dellen, E. v., Schutte, M. J. L., Nieuwdorp, W., Neggers, S. F. W., Sommer, I. E. C.
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:52 am
    Background.Auditory verbal hallucinations (AVH) in schizophrenia are resistant to antipsychotic medication in approximately 25% of patients. Treatment with repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) for refractory AVH has shown varying results. A stimulation protocol using continuous theta burst rTMS (TB-rTMS) showed high efficacy in open label studies. We tested TB-rTMS as a treatment strategy for refractory AVH in a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.Methods.Seventy-one patients with AVH were randomly allocated to TB-rTMS or placebo treatment. They received 10 TB-rTMS or sham…
  • Interventions to Address Medical Conditions and Health-Risk Behaviors Among Persons With Serious Mental Illness: A Comprehensive Review

    McGinty, E. E., Baller, J., Azrin, S. T., Juliano-Bult, D., Daumit, G. L.
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:52 am
    People with serious mental illness (SMI) have mortality rates 2 to 3 times higher than the overall US population, largely due to cardiovascular disease. The prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity and diabetes mellitus and other conditions, such as HIV/AIDS, is heightened in this group. Based on the recommendations of a National Institute of Mental Health stakeholder meeting, we conducted a comprehensive review examining the strength of the evidence surrounding interventions to address major medical conditions and health-risk behaviors among persons with SMI. Peer-reviewed…
  • Is the Sense of Agency in Schizophrenia Influenced by Resting-State Variation in Self-Referential Regions of the Brain?

    Robinson, J. J. D., Wagner, N.-F., Northoff, G.
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:52 am
    Schizophrenia is a disturbance of the self, of which the attribution of agency is a major component. In this article, we review current theories of the Sense of Agency, their relevance to schizophrenia, and propose a novel framework for future research. We explore some of the models of agency, in which both bottom-up and top-down processes are implicated in the genesis of agency. We further this line of inquiry by suggesting that ongoing neurological activity (the brain’s resting state) in self-referential regions of the brain can provide a deeper level of influence beyond what the…
  • Dopamine D2/3 Receptor Occupancy Following Dose Reduction Is Predictable With Minimal Plasma Antipsychotic Concentrations: An Open-Label Clinical Trial

    Nakajima, S., Uchida, H., Bies, R. R., Caravaggio, F., Suzuki, T., Plitman, E., Mar, W., Gerretsen, P., Pollock, B. G., Mulsant, B. H., Mamo, D. C., Graff-Guerrero, A.
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:52 am
    Background. Population pharmacokinetics can predict antipsychotic blood concentrations at a given time point prior to a dosage change. Those predicted blood concentrations could be used to estimate the corresponding dopamine D2/3 receptors (D2/3R) occupancy by antipsychotics based on the tight relationship between blood and brain pharmacokinetics. However, this 2-step prediction has never been tested.Methods.Two blood samples were collected at separate time points from 32 clinically stable outpatients with schizophrenia (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition;…
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    Schizophrenia Research

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    31 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
  • Shortened leukocyte telomere length in patients with schizophrenia is related to disease status

    Pao-Yen Lin
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Accelerated cell aging has been intensively investigated in various psychiatric disorders in the past decade. One recently published meta-analysis (Polho et al., 2015) examining leukocyte telomere length (TL) in patients with schizophrenia concluded that “overall our results suggest that TL is decreased in schizophrenia.” Although this is consistent with the idea of accelerated cell aging in this disorder, more valuable information might be neglected due to insufficiency in the meta-analytic methods employed by the authors.
  • Differences in central serotoninergic transmission among patients with recent onset, sub-chronic, and chronic schizophrenia as assessed by the loudness dependence of auditory evoked potentials

    Young-Min Park, Eunjoo Jung, Hyang Sook Kim, Sang Woo Hahn, Seung-Hwan Lee
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Previous research has shown that abnormalities in serotonin systems are associated with schizophrenia. The loudness dependence of auditory evoked potentials (LDAEP) has been used as a metric of central serotonin activity. The present study aimed to evaluate LDAEP in patients with schizophrenia of differing chronicity. Sixty-four patients with schizophrenia and 50 healthy controls were enrolled in this study. LDAEP and psychometric ratings, such as the positive and negative syndrome scale (PANSS), were measured.
  • Auditory verbal hallucinations increase the risk for suicide attempts in adolescents with suicidal ideation

    Junichi Fujita, Yuichi Takahashi, Atsushi Nishida, Yasuyuki Okumura, Shuntaro Ando, Miho Kawano, Koji Toyohara, Noriko Sho, Tatsuya Minami, Takashi Arai
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    It is important to prevent patients with suicidal ideation from actually attempting suicide. A school based cohort study suggested that auditory verbal hallucinations (AVHs) might play an important role in driving young people with mental health problems to attempt suicide. However, no clinical study to date has specifically investigated the association between AVHs and suicide attempts among young patients with suicidal ideation.
  • Testosterone and reward prediction-errors in healthy men and men with schizophrenia

    R.W. Morris, T.D. Purves-Tyson, C. Shannon Weickert, D. Rothmond, R. Lenroot, T.W. Weickert
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Sex hormones impact reward processing, which is dysfunctional in schizophrenia; however, the degree to which testosterone levels relate to reward-related brain activity in healthy men and the extent to which this relationship may be altered in men with schizophrenia has not been determined. We used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure neural responses in the striatum during reward prediction-errors and hormone assays to measure testosterone and prolactin in serum. To determine if testosterone can have a direct effect on dopamine neurons, we also localized and measured…
 
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    Schizophrenia Research

  • Testosterone and reward prediction-errors in healthy men and men with schizophrenia

    R.W. Morris, T.D. Purves-Tyson, C. Shannon Weickert, D. Rothmond, R. Lenroot, T.W. Weickert
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Sex hormones impact reward processing, which is dysfunctional in schizophrenia; however, the degree to which testosterone levels relate to reward-related brain activity in healthy men and the extent to which this relationship may be altered in men with schizophrenia has not been determined. We used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure neural responses in the striatum during reward prediction-errors and hormone assays to measure testosterone and prolactin in serum. To determine if testosterone can have a direct effect on dopamine neurons, we also localized and measured…
  • Shortened leukocyte telomere length in patients with schizophrenia is related to disease status

    Pao-Yen Lin
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Accelerated cell aging has been intensively investigated in various psychiatric disorders in the past decade. One recently published meta-analysis (Polho et al., 2015) examining leukocyte telomere length (TL) in patients with schizophrenia concluded that “overall our results suggest that TL is decreased in schizophrenia.” Although this is consistent with the idea of accelerated cell aging in this disorder, more valuable information might be neglected due to insufficiency in the meta-analytic methods employed by the authors.
  • Differences in central serotoninergic transmission among patients with recent onset, sub-chronic, and chronic schizophrenia as assessed by the loudness dependence of auditory evoked potentials

    Young-Min Park, Eunjoo Jung, Hyang Sook Kim, Sang Woo Hahn, Seung-Hwan Lee
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Previous research has shown that abnormalities in serotonin systems are associated with schizophrenia. The loudness dependence of auditory evoked potentials (LDAEP) has been used as a metric of central serotonin activity. The present study aimed to evaluate LDAEP in patients with schizophrenia of differing chronicity. Sixty-four patients with schizophrenia and 50 healthy controls were enrolled in this study. LDAEP and psychometric ratings, such as the positive and negative syndrome scale (PANSS), were measured.
  • Auditory verbal hallucinations increase the risk for suicide attempts in adolescents with suicidal ideation

    Junichi Fujita, Yuichi Takahashi, Atsushi Nishida, Yasuyuki Okumura, Shuntaro Ando, Miho Kawano, Koji Toyohara, Noriko Sho, Tatsuya Minami, Takashi Arai
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    It is important to prevent patients with suicidal ideation from actually attempting suicide. A school based cohort study suggested that auditory verbal hallucinations (AVHs) might play an important role in driving young people with mental health problems to attempt suicide. However, no clinical study to date has specifically investigated the association between AVHs and suicide attempts among young patients with suicidal ideation.
  • Neural activity changes in unaffected children of patients with schizophrenia: A resting-state fMRI study

    Yanqing Tang, Kaiyuan Chen, Yifang Zhou, Jie Liu, Ye Wang, Naomi Driesen, E. Kale Edmiston, Xiaogang Chen, Xiaowei Jiang, Lingtao Kong, Qian Zhou, Huanhuan Li, Feng Wu, Zhe Wang, Ke Xu, Fei Wang
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Previous neuroimaging studies have suggested that individuals at risk for schizophrenia exhibit structural and functional brain abnormalities. However, few studies focus on resting state baseline activity in individuals with genetic high-risk for schizophrenia (HR). We examined cerebral spontaneous neural activity in HR by measuring the amplitude of low frequency fluctuations (ALFF) in the blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic resonance signal during resting state. Using a 3T MRI scanner, 28 non-psychotic young adult participants with at least one parent with schizophrenia…
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    Schizophrenia News -- ScienceDaily

  • Predicting whether children with DiGeorge syndrome will develop autism or psychosis

    27 Jul 2015 | 6:26 am
    New findings are the first to suggest a potential way to predict whether children with DiGeorge syndrome will develop one of two mental impairments. The researchers report having isolated specific genetic differences between people with the syndrome who have autism and those who have psychosis.
  • Scientists identify schizophrenia's 'Rosetta Stone' gene

    23 Jul 2015 | 3:12 pm
    A breakthrough reveals gene's influence in a vulnerable period of the brain's development. Researchers hope it could offer a therapeutic target for reversing the disease. There is 'strong evidence' that subtle changes early on in life can lead to 'much bigger' effects in adulthood.
  • Source of debilitating memory loss in people with psychosis discovered

    22 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    As disabling as its delusions and hallucinations, psychosis' devastating toll on memory arises from dysfunction of frontal and temporal lobe regions in the brain that rob sufferers of the ability to make associative connections, a study has found, pinpointing potential target areas for treatments to help the more than 3.2 million Americans for whom medication quells the voices and visions, but not the struggle to remember.
  • High blood levels of growth factor correlate with smaller brain areas in patients with schizophrenia

    15 Jul 2015 | 8:32 am
    High blood levels of a growth factor known to enable new blood vessel development and brain cell protection correlate with a smaller size of brain areas key to complex thought, emotion and behavior in patients with schizophrenia, researchers report.
  • Rare genetic mutations occur more often in schizophrenia patients, researchers find

    9 Jul 2015 | 6:27 am
    A new study adds to the understanding of the genetic architecture of schizophrenia. Past research has shown the impact of commonly occurring genetic variants on a person's risk of developing schizophrenia. This new study focused instead on rare coding mutations that affect protein function. It found that patients with schizophrenia have a higher-than-normal share of these mutations.
 
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    Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia

  • The "From Recovery to Discovery" Mental Health Peer Support Group - Halifax

    24 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Thursday, July 30th, 6:30 pmMeetingsEvery Thursday Evening6:30 pm to 8:30 pmFree! Community 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.Thursday, July 30th, 2015, 6:30 pmA Sidewalk Trip to the Halifax International Busker FestivalThe July 30th, 2015, meeting will consist of a sidewalk trip to the Halifax International Busker Festival. We will meet in the Community Room at the Atlantic Superstore – Barrington Street at 6:30…
  • Families Matter in Mental Health & Addiction - Education and Support Program -- Sydney, Nova Scotia

    24 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    Begins Tuesday, September 8th, 5:30 pm Sydney, Nova ScotiaPlease click on the image to magnify it.To download a PDF version of the above poster, please click here.For a map of the location of 850 Grand Lake Road in Sydney, please click here.For further information on the Families Matter in Mental Health Education and Support Program, please click here.
  • Getting Mental Health Crisis Support in Nova Scotia

    20 Jul 2015 | 3:30 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

    20 Jul 2015 | 3:00 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

    20 Jul 2015 | 2:30 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

  • I can't escape it.

    Eric S
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:06 am
    I woke up early this morning because I had to go to the local laundry mat in order to wash my clothes. I'm so bad when it comes to keeping up with my laundry. I put it off for so long and I almost run out of things to wear. I get up really early because I don't want to have to interact with anyone and the earlier I go, the more likely I won't have any company. The doors at the laundry mat electronically unlock at 6AM and I'm there just a few minutes beforehand. I wish I could say that doing my laundry takes my mind off the problems I'm having in my life but it really doesn't. There's a…
  • There's no place like home?

    Eric S
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Well, I'm now at my new home and it's pretty much what I expected it to be, as far as the neighborhood and people but at least I'm blessed to have a home. I just have to get used to the unsupervised kids who make this rundown apartment complex a personal playground. I'm not against children playing, even in an apartment building but the kids that live here swear constantly and run up and down the stairs for hours at a time. Even when it's 3AM, I hear from the ceiling above the kids that live upstairs run back and forth non stop. My main concern is having my son overhear the constant swearing…
  • Sleep the day away.

    Eric S
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    Lately I've been feeling this overwhelming sense of loneliness and it has kept me sleeping most of my days away. I don't think I would have gone outside this past week if it wasn't necessary for me to do so. Unfortunately, I have to move out of my apartment by the end of the week because the rent is just too high where I currently live. After looking for the past two months for a new apartment, I was able to find one that would accept me. I've been having trouble finding a new apartment because I simply don't make enough money but the killer on most of my applications for a new home is the…
  • My two cents on why it might be difficult for someone to be comfortable helping me.

    Eric S
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Looking back to the start or origin of this blog, It was created for a very selfish reason. I thought the only way I could get help from my current situation was to put it out there on the Internet and share my story. Sure I wanted to give some insights on my diagnosed Paranoid Schizophrenia but more than anything I needed and I still very much need financial help from anyone who is in a position to help me monetarily. At first, I felt extremely guilty for creating this blog in hopes of someone sending a little cash my way but that faded quickly because I had nowhere to turn. I no longer have…
  • Paranoid Schizophrenic blackouts = Missing time.

    Eric S
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:39 pm
    The other night I was feeling really depressed and extremely worried. The stress that I live with everyday seems to be catching up to me and I'm pretty sure I blacked out last night. I couldn't sleep and I've been worrying so much about where I'm going to live and if my car is going to breakdown soon, so I normally just toss and turn while I lay down on my living room couch at night. At some point I just sat up and started watching television but my mind couldn't relax, so I got dressed up in my sweat pants and walked outside my apartment. The fact that it was around 3AM didn't concern me or…
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  • Schizophrenia's 'Rosetta Stone' Gene Offers Clues for Targeting Treatment

    M Tyler
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    A scientific breakthrough has enabled researchers from Cardiff University to identify what they're calling the "Rosetta Stone" gene of schizophrenia. This discovery could help to further understand all genes that are associated with the disease and can offer clues for targeting the right treatments. The gene is called DISC-1, short for "disrupted in schizophrenia-1," and it is closely linked to healthy brain development. When mutated, however, it is associated with a high risk for mental illnesses like schizophrenia, severe depression and bipolar disorder. Brain plasticity and development The…
  • Schizophrenia May Start In Early Brain Development

    M Tyler
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:47 am
    Rare coding mutations that affect protein function in the brain are more common in people with schizophrenia, according to new research. And while past studies have shown that genetic variants in general are linked to schizophrenia risk, the new research suggests that specific mutations are more likely to be found in patients who develop the disease than people without it. Moreover, the genes that affect these mutations, said study senior author Roel Ophoff, could play a critical role in how the brain develops while a baby is in utero. "Our finding further supports the hypothesis that…
  • Little Brain Shocks May Help Schizophrenia Patients

    M Tyler
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:52 am
    A mild form of electrical stimulation can help people with schizophrenia develop better cognitive control over their behaviors, according to a new Vanderbilt study. "Error monitoring" - the ability to pause after making a decision and assess whether or not it was a mistake - is known to be compromised in people with schizophrenia, but electrical stimulation could help to slow this lag time, giving patients more time to process their decisions. "We found that medial-frontal stimulation resulted in normalization of patients' post-error slowing such that their performance was identical to that…
  • Boys Get Prescribed Antipsychotics More Than Girls

    M Tyler
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    It's more likely that boys will be prescribed prescription antipsychotic medications for mental disorders than girls, according to a new study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Regardless of age, boys are about twice as likely to receive an antipsychotic medication for conditions like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the research found. “No prior study has had the data to look at age patterns in antipsychotic use among children the way we do here,” said Dr. Michael Schoenbaum, co-author of the study. Concerns about the…
  • Injectable Schizophrenia Treatment Offers Hope for Treatment

    M Tyler
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    One of the biggest hurdles for patients with schizophrenia is adhering to a consistent medication schedule. Once-daily pills, while effective for many people, are easy to skip - making the return of psychosis symptoms a very real and consistent threat for patients with the condition. Yet hope may be on the horizon, as a new UCLA study found people who take a long-acting injectable form of the drug risperidone have a much lower risk of their symptoms returning than people who take daily pills. “We know that not taking antipsychotic medication is the single greatest modifiable risk factor for…
 
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    A Journey with You

  • At a loss for Words #blacklivesmatter #mentallyilllivesmatter #peoplematter

    A Journey With You
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:59 am
    Many people care more about animals than people. My husband and I see it every day. Dogs are brought into the grocery store and put in the basket of the cart. Dogs are brought to restaurants and owners feed them from the table. Dogs are brought into coffee shops and allowed to sit in their owner’s laps. Dog owners, in the city I live in, are pushing the boundaries all the time and taking their dogs more and more places. All this, and people are in the streets outside of these establishments begging for food and wondering where to sleep. If someone abuses a dog in our city and it gets…
  • You are more than your Illness

    A Journey With You
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    For those of us with a mental illness we are often focused on the details of our lives, because the details of our daily lives often reveal our symptoms – so we pay attention. We might also see a psychiatrist and tell her/him about what is happening to us. We might also see a therapist and again talk about what is going on with us. Then there is writing. We might also keep a journal or a blog and write for therapy or write to educate others about what our particular mental illness is like from the inside. That is a lot, a whole lot, of focusing on the self. How do you look so closely at the…
  • Soaking up Inspiration

    A Journey With You
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:35 am
    This past weekend my husband and I watched a ten or twelve year old movie about Frida Kahlo. I was introduced to Kahlo’s work and life at an exhibition in Southern California and ever since that time, I have loved what I have seen and read about her. Her life is an inspiration to me. She was in pain most of her adult life, and yet she kept on living. Not only did she keep on living, she thrived. Her life is a wonderful example for anyone who has chronic pain or a severe illness. After watching the movie my husband and I decided to get out of the house for a while. We went down to the…
  • A Book Review, Reddit and Blog Awards

    A Journey With You
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:17 am
    I hope you will check out the book review I wrote on Pills, Poetry & Prose: Life with Schizophrenia. I was honored to be asked to write it. In yesterday’s post I responded to a woman who wrote that schizophrenia is “often a fate worse than death.”  Someone who reads my blog (thank you) posted a link to that post on Reddit (thank you) and here is what other people with schizophrenia had to say. Unfortunately, some people thought that I don’t struggle with my illness which is not true. I struggle every day.  I responded to their posts this morning. The Last thing, but not the…
  • You don’t Speak for me

    A Journey With You
    26 Jul 2015 | 6:25 am
    I liked a page on Facebook for the Treatment Advocacy Center, and I have often felt a little uncomfortable with the articles that pop up in my newsfeed that are posted by them. Most of their articles are about people with schizophrenia who after being unable to get treatment become violent or have some other negative outcome. The position they take and promote about schizophrenia seems to me to support all the myths. I feel badly for the people sharing their stories, but the people sharing their stories are parents or relatives not people who suffer from the actual illness. This is the first…
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