Metabolic Changes in Schizophrenia May Predate Antipsychotic Use

By the time a person with schizophrenia presents at the onset of the illness, he or she may already be experiencing glucose dysregulation—increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes, a meta-analysis published today in JAMA Psychiatry reports. The findings highlight the importance of prescribing antipsychotics at a dose that limits the metabolic impact and educatingRead More

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NIMH Director’s Message, Neural Circuits Research: How and Why

Yes, schizophrenia spectrum disorders are neuro-circuitry disorder and NIMH is focused on discovering which neuro-circuits and how to manage them to alleviate symptoms. It would be amazing if this could lead to eradicating schizophrenia spectrum illnesses. Read NIMH Director, Dr. Joshua Gordon’s message. By Joshua Gordon I wrote in my welcome message about my priorities.Read More

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Can Mental Illness Be Prevented In The Womb?

Every day in the United States, millions of expectant mothers take a prenatal vitamin on the advice of their doctor. The counsel typically comes with physical health in mind: folic acid to help avoid fetal spinal cord problems; iodine to spur healthy brain development; calcium to be bound like molecular Legos into diminutive babyRead More

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New Way of Studying DNA as it’s Bundled in Cells Reveals New Schizophrenia Risk Genes, Daniel Geschwind, Ph.D.

A new study implicates two cellular pathways in schizophrenia risk that haven’t been well supported by genetic evidence before. They involve processes related to the birth of new nerve cells, called neurogenesis, and cell-to-cell signaling by a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. The study, published October 19 in Nature, characterized interactions between genome segments that regulate genes,Read More

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“Where Do Auditory Hallucinations Come From?”- A Brain Morphometry Study of Schizophrenia Patients With Inner or Outer Space Hallucinations

Auditory verbal hallucinations are a cardinal symptom of schizophrenia.  Bleuler and Kraepelin distinguished 2 main classes of hallucinations:  hallucinations heard outside the head (outer space, or external, hallucinations) and hallucinations heard inside the head (inner space, or internal, hallucinations). To read more, please click here Print PDF

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New Report Details Impact of the Affordable Care Act

Millions of Americans have gained coverage, and millions more have had their coverage substantially improved Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released an extensive compilation of national and state-level data illustrating the substantial improvements in health care for all Americans in the last six years. The uninsured rate has fallen to theRead More

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Help for people with Schizophrenia and Related Disorders

Now it is easy to record details and specifics about symptoms, medication, moods, and more. Choose what you want to track, and see all the information you need to help you or your loved one who is living with schizophrenia and related disorders. Get the Schizophrenia Health Storylines™ Mobile App Today! The mobile app isRead More

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NIMH WEBINAR: Mental Health Research: What You Need to Know

On January 23, 2017, 1:00­1:30 PM ET Clinical research is medical research that involves people like you. People volunteer to participate in carefully conducted investigations that may ultimately uncover better ways to treat, prevent, diagnose, and understand human disease such as mental illnesses. Join Kalene DeHaut, LCSW, of the NIMH for this webinar on clinicalRead More

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The All of Us Research Program Seeks Feedback from the Community

The All of Us Research Program will create a community of one million or more people from across the U.S. to improve the future of health. Those who join the program will contribute their health, environment, and lifestyle information over an extended period of time. By gathering information from such a large group of people,Read More

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NIMH Director’s Message: The Push for Suicide Prevention, By Joshua Gordon

I wrote in my welcome message about my priorities. First, we need to fund excellent science. Second, we should support studies that will yield benefits on short, medium, and long­term timescales. I also have three particular areas of interest: neural circuits, computational and theoretical psychiatry, and suicide prevention. Here I will discuss possible approaches toRead More

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