Schizophrenia Education

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 […]
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 […]

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 […]
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 […]

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 […]

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 […]
Shannon Weickert, Schizophrenia Researcher

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Schizophrenia Infographic

by Staff Memberon April 12, 2014
This is a good infographic by the UK charity “Rethink”; a group that is focused on improving services for people with mental illness. The infographic covers some of the major symptoms and issues associated with schizophrenia, and provides a quick overview of major aspects of the illness. Check out the full infographic.

New Report Demonstrates the Cost Effectiveness of Early Treatment

by Staff Memberon April 12, 2014
There has been a great deal of clinical research in the past decade that has shown that the sooner that people who have psychosis or schizophrenia are treated, the better their long term outcome or prognosis.  So getting people into treatment as quickly as possible (when symptoms start to appear) is extremely important. Despite this […]