Unlocking the Black Box of Schizophrenia – 7 myths about schizophrenia

Few mental disorders are as misunderstood as schizophrenia. When we turn on the television, we’re saturated with images of unpredictable “psychotic” villains. The word “schizo” is an insult that might be heard in a high school hallway. People with schizophrenia are often discriminated against, in part because most of the public doesn’t understand what schizophreniaRead More

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Make your SARDAA Health Storylines app your own

Sardaa Health Storylines

Did you know that you can customize your SARDAA Health Storylines app to best meet your wellness needs? You can personalize your app with the tools that you need to optimize your care and wellbeing. Simply go to the tool library on the left-sidebar of your app, and browse through many categories to findRead More

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Unbelievable: Colorado Debates Holding People in a Psychiatric Crisis in Jail

In another outrageous and devastating example of our national psychiatric bed shortage, Colorado state lawmakers are debating legislation that would place people in the middle of a psychotic episode in jail – even though they haven’t committed a crime. The bill has already passed in the Senate and is now in the House. How isRead More

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Transforming Mental Health Care

Reference: Report from Medscape Starting With Change Around the Edges As nurses, we hold an ethical imperative to care for all who are ill. We aspire to be forces for social good. And we are educated in holistic and humanistic theories of “caring.” Yet most of us work in health care systems that operate fromRead More

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Schizophrenia Awareness Week: 17 – 23 May 2016

Schizophrenia is an illness, a medical condition. It affects the normal functioning of the brain, interfering with a person’s ability to think, feel and act. Some do recover completely, and, with time, most find that their symptoms improve. However, for many, it is a prolonged illness, which can involve years of distressing symptoms and disability.Read More

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Unlocking the Black Box of Schizophrenia

Researchers identify schizophrenia’s strongest genetic link (Source: Sovereign Health Group) The Sovereign Health Group is pleased to release the first part of its editorial campaign “Unlocking the Black Box of Schizophrenia.” This series will explore the biological origins, symptoms and stigma associated with schizophrenia. This month-long campaign is designed to promote schizophrenia awareness during theRead More

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Significant Treatment Effect of Adjunct Music Therapy to Standard Treatment on the Positive, Negative, and Mood Symptoms of Schizophrenic Patients

Background: Music therapy (MT) has been used as adjunct therapy for schizophrenia for decades. However, its role is still inconclusive. A recent meta-analysis demonstrated that MT for schizophrenic patients only significantly benefits negative symptoms and mood symptoms rather than positive symptoms. In addition, the association between specific characteristics of MT and the treatment effect remainsRead More

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‘You Are Okay’: A Support and Educational Program for Children With Mild Intellectual Disability and Their Parents With a Mental Illness

Background: Children of parents with a mental illness or substance use disorder (COPMI) have an increased risk of developing social-emotional problems themselves. Fear of stigmatisation or unawareness of problems prevents children and parents from understanding each other. Little is known about COPMI with mild intellectual disabilities (ID), except that they have a high risk ofRead More

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Scientists Find Gene Fault That Raises Schizophrenia Risk 35-Fold

Scientists say they have conclusive evidence that changes to a gene called SETD1A can dramatically raise the risk of developing schizophrenia – a finding that should help the search for new treatments. The team, led by researchers at Britain’s Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, said damaging changes to the gene happen very rarely but can increaseRead More

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Resistant Schizophrenia: Brain Imaging Provides Insight

A comprehensive review of brain imaging studies provides support for the two main hypotheses regarding the neurobiology of treatment-resistant schizophrenia, namely, “whether treatment- resistant schizophrenia is best understood as a more severe form of responsive schizophrenia or whether it has a fundamentally different pathophysiology,” Robert McCutcheon, MBBS, MRCPsych, told Medscape Medical News. “Our review showsRead More

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