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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 […]

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The Importance of Early Treatment for Schizophrenia and Psychosis

by Staff Memberon May 8, 2014
Research over the decade has confirmed repeatedly that the earlier that people get treatment for the early signs of mental illness (especially schizophrenia) the better the long term outcome for the person.  The first suggestive signs of psychosis are now well known. A person might become suspicious, or start to hear a voice, but still […]
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Schizophrenia Reversed with Brain Cell Transplants (in Mice)

by Staff Memberon May 8, 2014
The past few years has been increasing research in the area of curing schizophrenia using transplants of stem cells and other cells and the results look promising although it is still very early in the process.  Last year we reported on the study that demonstrated the potential for stem cells to treat schizophrenia.  This week […]

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Over 30 New Medications in Development for Schizophrenia

by Staff Memberon May 6, 2014
American biopharmaceutical research companies are currently developing almost 36 new medications for schizophrenia, and a total of 119 new medicines targeting mental health disorders, according to a new document by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the industry marketing / advocacy organization for pharmaceutical and biotech companies in the USA. Some of the drugs listed […]
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Brain Signals are Altered in Schizophrenia, May Lead to Biomarker

by Staff Memberon May 6, 2014
Yale researchers have discovered that there is a broad disruption of neurological signals while the brain is at rest in people suffering from schizophrenia, and this new research has increased the hopes of finding biological markers for for the disorder that can be used to diagnose it. Analyzing brain data that is usually discarded by […]

Schizophrenia Recovery

Schizophrenia – A Recovery Story (video)

by Staff Memberon May 6, 2014
This is a good self-documentary by a 26 year old in England named Johnny Benjamin, about his own recovery process.  Since he’s been on the road to recovery he’s become a real advocate for change in the mental health community and has been very active in social media. He has also gone through the cycle […]
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New Schizophrenia Treatment Guidelines from the UK

by Staff Memberon May 6, 2014
There are new schizophrenia treatment guidelines that have been published and you can review them here in either web-format or PDF format. I think every family, caregiver or person who suffers from schizophrenia should review these new treatment guidelines to help you understand what the state of the art is as far as treatment for schizophrenia. […]

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Dementia Risk 100% Higher if Older Adult has Schizophrenia

by Staff Memberon May 5, 2014
Researchers from Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University who followed over 30,000 older adults for a decade have found the rate of dementia diagnosis for patients with schizophrenia to be twice as high as for patients without this chronic, severe and disabling brain disorder.  The rates were 64.46% versus 32.13% for people without schizophrenia. “Individuals with serious […]
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New Video Interviews with Elyn Saks, Professor with Schizophrenia

by Staff Memberon May 2, 2014
Elyn Saks has become somewhat famous during the past few years because she is one of the few successful career people to come out about their having been diagnosed with schizophrenia while they are still active in their jobs. (Especially where their jobs are not directly related to mental health.  Others, like Fred Freese, have […]

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A Good Intro to Schizophrenia Recovery (video)

by Staff Memberon May 1, 2014
Following is a good introductory video on schizophrenia and recovery developed by Dr. Xavier Amador, a professor of psychology at Columbia University in New York City.  Dr. Amador is also the founder of the Leap Institute, a group that focuses on improving relationships. Their tools are for use in any relationship, but also they provide the […]
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Schizophrenia News Watch – interesting newsbites from around the globe

by Staff Memberon April 28, 2014
With this new posting on “Schizophrenia News Watch” – we are initiating a periodic summary of interesting schizophrenia-related news from around the globe.  In these postings we will provide short summaries and links to schizophrenia-related news, videos and presentations from around the world. Closer than ever to a cure for Schizophrenia: This is a good […]

New Smartphone App May Help in Schizophrenia Outcomes

by Staff Memberon April 24, 2014
The Youth Mental Health Network in the UK is doing some very innovative things in the area of early psychosis and schizophrenia; they’ve developed a new phone app to help people monitor and stay on effective treatment.  A large amount of published scientific and clinical research has shown that the earlier you get treatment for […]