Protein Active in Fetal Development May Also Protect Against Alzheimer’s in Late Life

A new study published yesterday inNature suggests that a protein thought to be a key element in the brains of fetuses during development may play a critical role in dementia in older people. The protein, known by the acronym REST, is severely depleted in the brains of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias, but seemsRead More

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Study Finds 10 Percent of Young Hospital Patients Have Psychiatric Diagnoses

Between 17% and 22% of these patients had a primary or comorbid mental health diagnosis, and all the hospital stays added up to $3.5 billion in aggregate charges to the health care system. The most common diagnoses at the general hospitals were depression (44.1%), bipolar disorder (18.1%), and psychosis (12.1%). Substance abuse was a commonRead More

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Family-Focused Therapy Reduces Bipolar-Associated Symptoms in Teens, Study Finds

Family-focused treatments have been found to be an effective adjunctive therapy to mood stabilizing medicine in adults with bipolar disorder, but whether this approach holds true in adolescents, has been unclear….New study results showed that adolescents receiving combinational pharmacotherapy and FFT were more likely to have less-severe manic symptoms after two years than those receiving pharmacotherapyRead More

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Correction Dept. Investigating Death of Mentally Ill Inmate at Rikers Island

The New York City Correction Department is investigating the death of a mentally ill inmate who was found in an overheated cell last month at Rikers Island after being left unattended for hours, the authorities said Wednesday. The inmate, identified as Jerome Murdough, 56, was a homeless former Marine who had been arrested on a trespassing charge.Read More

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Have You Ever Been Involuntarily Treated?

How did that experience affect your recovery? Please send us an email with your thoughts on this topic. Your responses will be confidential and will be used to help us understand what our constituents’ experiences have been. In your email, please indicate whether you would authorize a SARDAA staff member to contact you for furtherRead More

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SAVE THE DATE: SARDAA Film Festival & Hoedown

Saturday, May 17, 2014 10 am -4:30 pm Houston Westchase Marriott In the pursuit of our mission to eliminate the stigma of serious mental illness, especially schizophrenia and related disorders, we are hosting a unique film festival here in Houston. Four films will be shown with time for Q&A after each, led by those involvedRead More

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2014 SARDAA Film Festival: Call for Entries

Event date: Saturday May 17, 2014 Deadline:  Entries to be submitted by Saturday March 22, 2014! Criteria Each work should be schizophrenia spectrum related and will be judged solely on its own merits. Four videos will be selected to show; each followed by a Q & A by either the subject of the film and/or theRead More

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March Fundraiser: Wear a Bracelet That Symbolizes Hope, Courage and Strength

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For every bracelet (or other item) you buy from Bravelets this month, SARDAA will get a $20 donation (if we sell a minimum of 100 items). Link to Bravelets Page Print PDF

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After 20 Hours in Solitary, Colorado’s Prisons Chief Wins Praise

The cells where inmates are kept in solitary confinement at the state penitentiary here are 7-by-13-foot boxes arranged in semicircular tiers. When the warden, Travis Trani, heard that Rick Raemisch, Colorado’s new chief of corrections, intended to spend a night in one of them, he had two reactions. “I thought he was crazy,” Mr. TraniRead More

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Study Finds Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Associated With Psychotic, Other Psychiatric Disorders

A large international research project has validated previous findings that chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, a neurogenetic disorder characterized by deletion of a small part of chromosome 22, is associated with high rates of schizophrenia, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and anxiety and unipolar mood disorders. –Psychiatric News Alert Full Article Print PDF

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