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Schizophrenia

Work and Love: A Psychotic's Recipe for Recovery

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 07.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

Schizophrenics like to work. And fall in love too. This may seem surprising to some people, but Freud had it right a century or so ago when he said ...

To the Parents of James Holmes

Liza Long | Posted 07.17.2015 | Crime
Liza Long

In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, I was also able to connect with a passionate community of mental health advocates. Eight of these mothers, all powerful advocates in their own right, wrote letters to Robert and Arlene Holmes. Here is some of what they shared.

There May Be A Causal Link Between Smoking And Schizophrenia

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 07.10.2015 | Healthy Living

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science CorrespondentLONDON, July 10 (Reuters) - In research that turns on its head previous thinking about links between...

Colorado Shooter's Urge to Kill Could Set Him Free

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 07.07.2015 | Crime
Amy Dardashtian

A jury will soon decide whether James Holmes is guilty or not guilty by reason of insanity. Last week, one of his victims, Ashley Moser, took the stand in her wheelchair.

ICYMI: The Science Behind Why We Watch Cat Videos And An Argument For Sleeping Alone

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, we took a close look at the inner workings of the brain. We validated our cat video...

There's A Link Between Cat Ownership And Schizophrenia

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living

Growing up with a family cat is a significant if improbable commonality among people who develop schizophrenia. "Cat ownership in childhood has now...

What It Was Like To Glimpse John Nash's Beautiful Mind

Maurice Ewing, Ph.D. | Posted 05.26.2015 | Science
Maurice Ewing, Ph.D.

John Nash was a legend. He simply looked at things differently. He taught me that even geniuses need other people to correct their thinking and vet their ideas. Most importantly, however, Nash taught me that anyone's mind can be beautiful if it focuses on producing beautiful ideas.

Fountain House Symposium Takes On Schizophrenia

Jim Luce | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Jim Luce

I'm interested in mental health issues, but I'm not a physician and have no medical training. That's why I look forward to the annual Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon, where cutting-edge information is presented by top-drawer experts in terms accessible to a lay audience.

The Day My Psychosis Changed

Ross Szabo | Posted 05.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

As I talked about how I felt about psychosis, my anxiety lessened. I could breathe. My chest wasn't tight. My body was less tense. I stopped crying. Things started to come back into focus. I was still obviously shaken, but things weren't as threatening.

Scientists Trick People's Brains Into Sensing The Presence Of 'Ghosts'

Reuters | By Matthew Stock | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living

By Matthew Stock Lausanne, SWITZERLAND - Neuroscientists have succeeded in creating 'ghosts' in the laboratory by tricking the brains of...

Can We Replace Misleading Terms Like 'Mental Illness,' 'Patient,' and 'Schizophrenia'

Allen Frances | Posted 06.05.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

I don't trust clinicians who restrict themselves to reductionistic diagnostic interviews, but I also don't trust clinicians who can't make an accurate diagnosis. Diagnosis and empathy are necessary partners in any therapeutic relationship, fully complementary and in no way incompatible.

This Is What Mental Illness Actually Looks Like

HuffPost France | Talia Lavin | Posted 03.27.2015 | Healthy Living

Photographer Anne Betton, 37, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2009. After an arts-focused education, she had moved on to a career in business c...

Justice for All?

Emily Grossman | Posted 05.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character, or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others ...

What A Man's Hands Say About His Risk For Schizophrenia

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 03.18.2015 | Science

Could a simple finger test screen for schizophrenia? Maybe so, at least in men. New research suggests that the ratio of the length of a guy's inde...

The Death of Anthony Hill: Something Is Rotten in the State of America

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 05.11.2015 | Black Voices
Robert David Jaffee

There have been too many funerals of late, too many funerals for people of color and people with mental illness.

Eating And Sleeping At The Same Time Each Day May Ward Off Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.24.2015 | Science

When life gets hectic and stressful, our daily routines can be the first thing to fall by the wayside -- early bedtimes become late nights and instead...

A Tribute to Tanisha Anderson: African-American, Schizophrenic and Lost on the Streets

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 04.22.2015 | Black Voices
Robert David Jaffee

Now, she is gone, another lost soul in our country's failure to deal humanely not only with people of color but also with those diagnosed with severe mental illness.

My 'Top 10' Facts to Know About Schizophrenia, and How You Can Make a Difference

Marc Rabinowitz | Posted 04.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Marc Rabinowitz

Before my son's diagnosis with schizophrenia, I knew very little about mental illness. Here are 10 important facts that I think everyone should know and one way to help those who are suffering from mental illness.

Our Failure to Understand Mental Illness Has Debilitated Nearly 60 Million Americans

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 04.04.2015 | Healthy Living
The University of Central Florida Forum

Our country was founded on the principles of liberty and justice for all, but our failure to understand mental illness and provide assistance facilities for families and the ill has ripped away the liberty and justice deserved for nearly 60 million Americans.

Who Has Late Abortions -- And Why?

David A. Grimes | Posted 03.30.2015 | Women
David A. Grimes

The last-minute decision by Congressional Republicans not to vote on a 20-week abortion ban on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade stemmed from disagreement about rape victims. Missing from the discussion were other women who have abortions later than 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The State of Colorado vs. James Holmes: Why the Death Penalty?

Dr. Xavier Amador | Posted 03.14.2015 | Denver
Dr. Xavier Amador

I don't know the details of James Holmes' state of mind at the time of the tragic shootings, but I do know there is an evolving standard of decency in this country when it comes to exposing seriously mentally ill citizens to the death penalty.

Pro and Con: The British Psychological Society Report on Psychosis

Allen Frances | Posted 02.14.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

I agree that it is crucial to attend to the psychological and emotional meaning of all experiences and understand the social context in which they occur. But I do worry that the report creates its own set of unintended problems and may inadvertently perpetuate rather than dispel confusion and stigma, especially for those who have the most severely impairing of psychotic experiences.

Abilify Is Top-Selling U.S. Drug -- But New Reports Question Long-Term Antipsychotic Use, Cite Need for Personalized Services

Art Levine | Posted 02.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Art Levine

The fresh attention to alternative and "evidence-based" therapeutic approaches, along with the new questions about the value of lifelong antipsychotic medications for people with schizophrenia, can potentially strengthen the way mental health providers respond to this often-devastating illness.

Remembering Artist Julian St. John, 24, With New Details on His Life, Death and Poetry

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 02.09.2015 | Los Angeles
Robert David Jaffee

"Rest, rest, perturbed spirit," says Hamlet to the ghost of his father. I could not help but think of that line when I heard that Julian St. John, a gifted artist and poet, who suffered from schizophrenia, had passed away on Nov. 23, roughly two weeks shy of his 25th birthday.

19 Numbers That Prove We Can Do More For Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 01.14.2015 | Healthy Living

Whether you're aware of it or not, chances are you know someone who has been personally affected by a mental health disorder. Depression is one of ...