Hearing Voices of Support

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Have a story you would like to share? Positive voices of support can make a difference to people with schizophrenia and related brain disorders. Hearing Voices of Support is an initiative to promote acceptance, support, hope, and recovery for people living with schizophrenia and related brain disorders. Schizophrenia is one of the most misunderstoodRead More

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Expert Offers Advice to Improve Medication Adherence

“Working collaboratively with patients to treat their conditions and meet their health goals is an approach that can help to reduce the problem of medication nonadherence,” writes Chris Bojrab, M.D., president of Indiana Health Group, in the latest issue of Psychiatric News PsychoPharm. Not all patients take all their medications all the time, notes Bojrab.Read More

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Social Security Administration Should Revise Policy that Counts ABLE Account Distributions for Housing Costs as a Resource for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Eligibility and Benefits

By Steven Bruce, PWDF Legal Director (Source: http://www.pwdf.org/) Under current rules for the SSI Program, ABLE account distributions for housing expenses are not counted as the SSI beneficiary’s resources if the funds are spent within the calendar month in which the distribution is taken.[2 ] “Housing expenses” here refer to qualified disability expenses, or QDEs, forRead More

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CIT Trained Cops Do The Right Thing: Avoid Shooting & Help A Family

BY PETE EARLEY When the police get it right By M. Moss, first published in The Washington Post.  “F— you pigs!” This was last month. My son was on his side on the ground, in handcuffs, a police officer pinning down his legs, another officer holding down his upper body. “F— you piiiiiigs!” When itRead More

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Scarlet B: Roller

I’ve been feeling both up and down lately. I don’t think it’s a mixed episode, though yanno, any feeling of elation is going to make me suspicious… thanks brain, you’re a douche. I mean, it makes sense though. Death is not an easy shadow to shake off, even for someone who takes it on theRead More

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Kenya: New Mobile App to Help Mental Health Patients Get Psychiatric Help Anonymously

By Magdalene Wanja A Nakuru community-based organisation (CBO) has launched a software application that will allow mental health patients access online psychiatric and psychological services from local and global health providers. Psychiatric Disability Organisation (PDO) founder Iregi Mwenja said the mobile phone-based app is a secure way of discussing personal matters between a patient andRead More

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The Post Break-Up Revenge Body

By Erica Loberg ~ 2 min read I don’t have it right now, and it occurred to me that I might run into my ex cause we both belong to the same gym. Then yesterday it happened. I walked toward my usual machine, got on, and started working out. I don’t really pay attentionRead More

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NIH Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Advancing Research To Prevent Youth Suicide

The Panel’s Draft Report Now Available for Public Comment! NIH invites you to provide comments on the panel’s draft report from the NIH Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Advancing Research To Prevent Youth Suicide. Public comments will be accepted through Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The Evidence Report and additional resources are available in the workshope-Program Book. InRead More

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Strongest Evidence to Date ties Maternal Smoking to Psychosis

A Finnish study provides the most definitive evidence to date linking prenatal nicotine exposure to increased risk for schizophrenia in offspring, researchers say. Investigators found a 38% increased likelihood of schizophrenia in young adults whose mothers smoked heavily while pregnant, as evidenced by higher maternal serum cotinine level. “To our knowledge, this is the firstRead More

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Quick Finger-prick Test Reliably Monitors Clozapine Levels

A quick, inexpensive test that uses a drop of blood from a finger prick can be used to reliably detect and monitor therapeutic plasma levels of clozapine (multiple brands), new research shows. “Therapeutic drug monitoring during clozapine treatment is very important, both to assess compliance and efficacy,” Dan Cohen, MD, from the Mental Health OrganizationRead More

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