Articles of Interest

  • Following is the link to the article on research done in Spain.

New Research On Linkage Between Smoking Marijuana And Psychosis

Marijuana and Psychosis

  • Following is an article on use of atypical anti-psychotics in small children. This article discusses a recent change to Medicaid rules in Florida.

Approval Process Reduces Atypical Anti-psychotic Use in Small Children

Process Reduces Atypical Antipsychotic

  • Following is a link to a news article.

Modafinal Reduces Weight Gain Associated With Atypical Antipsychotic

Modafinal Reduces Weight Gain

  • Following is a link to the article:

Brain Changes Appear To Increase Risk Of Depression

Brain Changes Increase Depression Risk

  • Following is a link to the article:

New Research On Auditory Hallucinations In Schizophrenia

Auditory Hallucinations Research

 

Submitted by: Darrell H.

 

PBS Special Tuesday Night On Mentally Ill Being Released From Ohio Prisons

Following is an article on the upcoming PBS program on mentally ill inmates being released from Ohio prisons.  The article comes from the Toledo Blade newspaper.  The special airs Tuesday night.

 

PBS on Mental Illness

Submitted by: Darrell H.

 

 

 

 

Movie “The Soloist”

The Soloist is a film is based on a true story of Nathaniel Ayers, a musician who has schizophrenia and is homeless. Jamie Foxx portrays Nathaniel Ayers, who is considered a cello prodigy, and Robert Downey Jr. portrays Steve Lopez, a Los Angeles Times columnist who discovers Ayers and writes about him in the newspaper. Production of the film began in January 2008 and will be filmed mostly in Los Angeles. The film was scheduled to be released on November 21, 2008, but has been delayed to March 13, 2009, and then to April 24, 2009.[1] 

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Soloist

Please visit the official movie site  The Soloist

You can purchase the book through our Amazon link and help support SARDAA – Here

I had the opportunity to view “The Soloist” on opening day.  It was quite realistic for the particular segment of the population covered.  The homeless people who have schizophrenia represent about 40% of the homeless but does not represent all the people who suffer with schizophrenia.  Having said that, the very cruel situation that people with schizophrenia may find themselves in is fairly accurately portrayed in the movie.  Even more unfortunately, the reality that  jails and prisons “serve” as a cruel psychiatric “institution” for people who require and deserve 100% better care and treatment.

I would like to see some films depicting the “other side of the coin”, the positive stories of hope and encouragement.  The true stories of the Joanne Verbanics, the Fred Freses, the Moe Armstrongs and the other bright, sensitive, altruistic successful people who demonstrate the struggles and the successful coping with schizophrenia.  It takes more than “will power”, it takes people helping people, education, appropriate treatment and support.  Thank you to the heroes who work daily to succeed.

Please see Pete Earley’s comments on “The Soloist”   http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2009/05/the-soloist-enlightens.html

Childhood abuse and adult psychosis

The following is a link to a news report on a recent study about childhood abuse being linked to psychosis in adulthood.  It is not clear from the article how much effort was made to see if the claims of abuse were substantiated and verified by the researchers.

Abuse

Submitted by Darrell H

New treatment for schizophrenia?

The article stresses that more research needs to be done to verify the promising initial results.  Also be sure to note that the health food store variety of this compound may not be a viable option even though the health food stores claim it is the same as the compound used in the study.

Possible New Treatment

Submitted by Darrell H

Gene and Schizophrenia

Folks,

following is an article on recent research pointing to one particular gene as being important in developing schizophrenia. 

Read article by clicking here Gene 

Submitted by Darrell

More From Darrell

Folks,

The following is the URL to the article.  It is about a study from Mexico that says differences in the Premorbid Stage are found between schizophrenia and schizoaffective.

Difference Article

The following is an article on research into how people with schizophrenia view the stigma issue.

Stigma

Some interesting new research on what brain imaging is showing about schizophrenia in terms of brain functioning. 

Brain Functioning

The following is a link on a new study which indicates that both Bipolar and Schizophrenia share some genetic links.

schizophrenia-bipolar-disorder-gene-link

Submitted by DH

Darrell Continues to Inform

Folks,

The following is a link to an article on the off label uses of psychiatric medications.  It is directed towards an audience of forensic experts but does give a good background in some recent changes in prescribing practices.

Off Label Article

The following is an article on how inappropriate drug prescriptions are wasting millions in medicaid dollars and unnecessarily risking the health of the patients.

Science Daily Article

The following is an article from Johns Hopkins about a study showing that one particular gene seems to be associated with the symptom of delusions.  It also gives a summary of the problems with trying to find the genetic causes of schizophrenia.

JH Article

The following is an article from BP magazine on the subject of the high mortality that is associated with Bipolar Disorder.  It also discusses some of the reasons why the rate is so high.

BP Mortality Article

The following is an article from BP Magazine on the Treatment Emergent Mania And Antidepressants.  For those who aren’t familiar with it this magazine is a quarterly publication that I highly recommend.  A single subscription costs about $20 per year and bulk rates are also available. 

BP Article

Internet Program Helps Prevent Depression In Teens; following is the link to the story on a recent research project.

Project Article

The following is an article on conditions in Florida’s Miami-Dade county jail and the general problem with mentally ill inmates in Florida.  There is also a short video showing the notorious ninth floor of the jail with some comments from people on conditions there.  Please remember that this video could not show the true horror of conditions there. 

Article

It appears that taking any antipsychotic whether typical or atypical increases the risk of sudden cardiac death. 

http://www.inpsychiatry.com/news/article.aspx?id=80496

Revising Blue Books

Hello fellow SA members:

Our Blue Book revision task force has completed most of their work. The changes that took place concerned grammar, usage and typos.  We are now faced with another hurdle. The Blue Book Cover art work many of us feel needs a fresh look as well. So we are having a contest for the best design.

You can either e-mail your work to: deherrmann@aol.com

Or fax me at (203) 736-6359.

All entrees must be in by April 15, 2009 and no later.

The task force is looking for new personal stories to be included in the revised edition. They must not be longer than one side of one page in the Blue Book. Again we will utilize the above cut-off date with the corresponding contact information.

Last but not least, SA needs Group Leader Liaisons. If you have  over one year acting as a Group Leader  you may be able to qualify. Liaisons keep in touch with other group leaders and help look for solutions to various situations. For more information contact info@sardaa.org or jcronin@bghealth.org

As always,

Jim C.

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