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Schizophrenia News Watch – August

by Staff Memberon August 22, 2014
Following is the most interesting news on schizophrenia that we’ve found in the past month or so: Voices – Documentary about Schizophrenia, Now Planning Screenings at a City Near You Check out the list of cities that are hosting screenings on the new documentary about schizophrenia.  If there isn’t a screening in your city – […]
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New Children’s Book

by Staff Memberon August 22, 2014
A positive and educational new book about schizophrenia has been written for children by a mother / daughter team who also have deep personal knowledge about schizophrenia. It sounds like a great way to introduce children to the topic of schizophrenia in a positive way.  We look forward to getting a review copy of the […]

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$650 Million Donated for Schizophrenia Research

by Staff Memberon July 31, 2014
In what has to be the biggest news in schizophrenia research in the past 3 decades, the philanthropist Ted Stanley announced that he is donating $650 Million for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder research (and related psychiatric research) to the Broad Institute. The focus of this unprecedented donation is on spurring on scientific research on the […]
CBT for Schizophrenia

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Schizophrenia – Video Series

by Staff Memberon July 10, 2014
There are few psychological therapies that have been significantly researched and shown to be effective with schizophrenia, but the leading one is called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis / Schizophrenia.  While medications can help minimize many of the “positive” symptoms – the voices, delusions, etc. that are common with schizophrenia, even with the medications many […]

Nature Schizophrenia Special

Schizophrenia Special in Nature Journal

by Staff Memberon May 22, 2014
Phil Campbell,  the editor-in-chief of the prestigious and high quality scientific journal “Nature,” (based in the UK) has long been interested in schizophrenia and mental health concerns.  I’ve met him and discussed this interest last year when he was visiting the United States.  He is one of the founding members of of an important new […]
Preventing Schizophrenia

New Research on How to Prevent Schizophrenia

by Staff Memberon May 22, 2014
Increasingly clinical researchers are telling us that they believe that many, and perhaps most, cases of schizophrenia can be prevented through higher quality prenatal care (health of the mother prior to pregnancy, and during pregnancy) as through specific targeted nutritional, stress (including avoidance of getting the Flu during pregnancy – which is an important stressor […]

Schizophrenia Oral History Project

The Schizophrenia Oral History Project

by Staff Memberon May 22, 2014
Schizophrenia, has long been associated with stigma. The motivation to remove this stigma is what inspired the Schizophrenia Oral History Project.  The founders of this project began with a tool more commonly used among sociologists and anthropologists: oral history. Using this approach to examine schizophrenia has changed Dr. Crane’s own perspective about a disease she thought […]
Columbia University Schizophrenia Study

New Study of Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotics Finds Haloperidol an Effective, Less-Expensive Option

by Staff Memberon May 22, 2014
A new study done by Columbia University of long-acting injectable antipsychotics for people with schizophrenia found that the newer, second-generation, medication paliperidone palmitate (Brand name Invega Sustenna by Janssen Pharmaceuticals) was no more effective than the older, less expensive haloperidol decanoate. This was so, even though the doses of the older medication given in the […]

Brain Schizophrenia

Risk for Schizophrenia May be Identified Through IQ, Memory & Social Intelligence Tests

by Staff Memberon May 19, 2014
A new research study has revealed that genetic variants associated with risk for schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders are also associated with performance on measures of IQ, memory and social cognition. The discovery was made by the National University of Ireland, Galway Professor of Psychology Gary Donohue, in association with colleagues from Trinity College, Dublin. […]
Voices Documentary

“Voices” A New Documentary on the Untold Stories of Schizophrenia

by Staff Memberon May 19, 2014
There is a  new documentary coming out that highlights the challenges of families and individuals with schizophrenia and at the same time is targeted at reducing stigma in the people who don’t have a good understanding of psychosis.  From the trailer it looks to be a very good film.  You can watch the trailer now […]

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Antipsychotic Use Associated with 50% Reduced Rate of Violent Crime

by Staff Memberon May 13, 2014
While people with schizophrenia are much more likely to be victims of criminal behavior than perpetrators, there is a small percentage of people who have schizophrenia that are more violent; especially those who have a history of violence and who are abusing drugs or alcohol, and in those cases it is family members who are […]
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Stephen Sharp’s Well-written Personal Account with Schizophrenia

by Staff Memberon May 13, 2014
There is a well-written first-person account of the experience of having schizophrenia by Stephen Sharp in this month’s London Review of Books.  While there have been many personal accounts of schizophrenia written in books, this one is interesting because its freely available, well written and also conveys some of the experiences that are common in […]

Schizophrenia Stem Cell

New Stem Cell Study Suggests Schizophrenia Risk Starts in Womb

by Staff Memberon May 13, 2014
A new study completed by researchers at the Salk Institute of Biological Sciences show fundamental differences in early neurons from patients with schizophrenia, supporting the theory that risk for the disease may begin in the womb during pregnancy. Using new stem cell technology, scientists at the Salk Institute have shown that neurons generated from the skin […]
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Cindi Weickert, Researcher Searching for a Cure to Schizophrenia

by Staff Memberon May 9, 2014
Cindi Weickert is a leading schizophrenia researcher from the USA, but currently working in Australia. In this combination TV program and presentation she discusses her family’s experience with schizophrenia and how it has motivated her search for a cure to schizophrenia, and she also discusses where her research is moving. Her twin brother developed schizophrenia […]

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The SunnyBoy (A Good, New Documentary Movie on Schizophrenia)

by Staff Memberon May 9, 2014
  Movies that cover people with schizophrenia have gotten a lot better in the past decade or so, but there are still too few good ones.  ”A Beautiful Mind” (the hollywood version of the life of John Nash) was the first notable and hopeful story about a person with schizophrenia.  Thankfully there are now more […]
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The Influence of Science and Media on Psychiatry and The Future of Mental Health Care

by Staff Memberon May 8, 2014
This week at the APA (American Psychiatric Association) Actor Alan Alda joined Dr. Lieberman and Nobel Prize winner Dr. Eric Kandel to discuss the impact that science and the media have on psychiatry and how this will influence the future of mental health care. Alan Alda’s mother had schizophrenia and he discussed this at length […]