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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Premature Birth Tied to Adult Psychopathology

Adults who were born very prematurely have an increased risk for interpersonal and behavioral problems that significantly correlate with brain imaging evidence. Investigators at King’s College London, in the United Kingdom, found that 30­ year­olds who were born very preterm, defined by the World Health Organization as birth at 28 to <32 weeks’ gestation, haveRead More

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Legalized Cannabis and the Brain: NIDA Sounds the Alarm ­

Researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) are sounding the alarm over a possible increase in unknown cognitive and behavioral harms that widespread cannabis use may unmask. A clinical review conducted by NIDA director Nora Volkow, MD, points out that as legalization of the drug for recreational and medical use spreads, vulnerable populations,Read More

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How Diet Influences Mental Health: New Findings, New Advances

In an interview for Brain Food, a monthly column for Medscape, Emily Deans, MD and Drew Ramsey, MD talk about diet, lifestyle, and mental health. To view on Medscape website, please click here. To read the interview, please click here to download the PDF. Print PDF

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Message From Family and Friends Coordinator Mary Ross

Throughout days I find myself in search of answers…wisdom, trying to understand life’s adversities. My concerns, and those of SARDAA ‘Families and Friends’ as I hear from others in our weekly support calls, have led me to the words of psychiatrist Dr. Viktor E. Frankl as a real source of inspiration. For me personally thisRead More

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Message by Antoinette (Toni) Hook

  Life is like a whisper in the wind. The fall gone and winter is on its way As the days grow short and the wind is strong, The snow will melt, and spring is on its way. Like a whisper in the wind. The spring will bring flowers. And summer will be upon us.Read More

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Conference Call with Pete Earley

  To anyone who missed the conference call with Pete Earley, you can hear it there is a recording of it at https://fccdl.in/mowjnB1Cs  fast forward to 2:30 minute You can also listen on phone by calling 712 775 7029 and entering Code 715149 followed by “#” To listen to the most recent recording, which isRead More

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Message From SA Administrator Brian Donahue

I shall start with a question:  If April showers bring  May flowers, what do Mayflowers bring?  The answer is:  Pilgrims—Ha, ha!  For us the month of May is Mental Health Awareness month.  SA is holding an all-day Workshop in Livonia, Michigan at the Livonia Embassy Suites on Saturday, May 21, 2016.   The third weekRead More

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Message From Executive Director

Beautiful things are happening! SARDAA has launched The BRAIN Campaign and The White House is listening. 12 million Americans live with a schizophrenia-related  brain illness.  Tragically 50% do not receive treatment, tragically instead they are punished/incarcerated, ostracized without treatment, left to suffer homelessly or perhaps die by suicide.  Until the community (judicial, legislative, medical, layRead More

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