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Schizophrenia

Our Psychiatric Civilization

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

We're so obsessed with psychiatry that patients devote themselves to adjusting their diagnoses and drugs, instead of addressing their lives.

Schizophrenic Does Not Mean Violent

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

I was once diagnosed a schizophrenic, and though my psychosis was so severe I thought my now wife was an alien or a CIA spy, I must emphasize that I was never a threat to anyone but myself.

New Report: It's Now a Crime to be Mentally Ill

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

A report in today's USA Today by the nation's most reputable mental illness researcher, Dr. E. Fuller Torrey shows that in the United States, you are ...

Weeding Through the Hype: Interpreting the Latest Warnings About Pot and Schizophrenia

Paul Armentano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Armentano

Once again members of the mainstream media are running wild with the notion that marijuana use causes schizophrenia and psychosis.

Mental Health Parity: Obama Style

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

I'm happy the Obama Administration is telling group insurers to stop discrimination against the mentally ill. Now I wish they were listening to what they are saying.

Documentary Links Marijuana Use with Psychosis, Schizophrenia

Vanessa Richmond | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Vanessa Richmond

Weed has changed a lot since the 1960s, so much that the UN is discussing reclassifying it as a different product. Smoking cannabis now nearly doubles a person's risk of psychosis.

Disappearing Acts: When friends are gone after a diagnosis of bipolar disorder

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION Dear Dr. Levine, I am reeling from the awareness that certain friends who meant a great deal to me have abruptly turned their back on me no...

The Mass Production of Mental Illness and What To Do About It

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Dr. Richard P. Bentall, professor and practitioner of clinical psychology in Britain, exposes the highly dubious nature of reigning presumptions about the causes and treatment of mental illness.

Elyn Saks: Recovery Of A Genius

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

The vast majority of psychotics are never a threat to anyone but themselves. Those with severe mental illness but no substance abuse problems commit only 3 to 4% of violent crime.

Antipsychotic Medication Use In Children And Adolescents: What's A Parent To Do?

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Antipsychotic medication research asked if there were significant changes in three important physical measures: weight, lipids, and insulin resistance. Their results were disturbing.

Meds can Reduce Homelessness but the Homeless (and Advocates) Don't Get It.

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
DJ Jaffe

It's time for advocates to stop denying the role of untreated mental illness in causing homelessness. Treatment may not be a magic pill, but it's the closest thing we have.

Why You'll Need A Personal Brain Trainer

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

Substantial gains could be achieved by organizing everyday activities that grow neurological abilities and sustain brain health. If the ordinary citizen is to achieve brain fitness, they'll need to work at it.

FDA Considers Caving to Scientology and Making Mental Illness Treatment Illegal

DJ Jaffe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
DJ Jaffe

As far-fetched as it sounds, the FDA is considering making it more difficult to treat depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and psychosis.

Schizophrenia Study Finds Similarities Across 37 Countries

medicalnewstoday.com | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

An international study of more than 17,000 people with schizophrenia has found striking similarities in symptoms, medication, employment and sexual pr...

Howard Barton Unruh Dead: "Walk Of Death" Mass Murderer Who Killed 13 In 1949 Dies At 88

AP | BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

TRENTON, N.J. — Howard Barton Unruh, who killed 13 people as he walked the streets of Camden in a psychotic 1949 shooting spree that was the nat...

Maurice Clemmons: Mental Illness Does Cause Violence

DJ Jaffe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
DJ Jaffe

Maurice Clemmons is now dead. But treatment for his illness would have been better for all. We have to stop denying violence and start treating it.

Schizophrenic Homesick Blues

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

The story of Jani Schofield makes one realize that not all diagnoses are created equal and some diagnoses, like child-onset schizophrenia, will never be fashionable.

Words Matter in Mental Health Debate

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

Celebrities know that words like "manic-depressive" and "bipolar" sound tame, whereas "psychotic" and "schizophrenic" terrify people. We should all know their true meaning: divorced from reality, not violent.

Preparing Society for the Cognitive Age

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

Groundbreaking cognitive neuroscience research has occurred over the last 20 years -- without parallel growth of consumer awareness and appropriate professional dissemination.

Unlocked: The Secrets Of Schizophrenia

The Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Scientists have discovered a remarkable similarity between the genetic faults behind both schizophrenia and manic depression in a breakthrough that is...

Showing Up for "The Soloist"

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Carol Smaldino

This is a film that can be so moving in stunningly powerful ways that it may be tempting to avoid watching it.

What The Soloist Tells Us About Homelessness and Mental Illness in America

Deborah De Santis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Deborah De Santis

For those of us who work to help prevent and end homelessness, The Soloist is an all-too-real reminder of the daily obstacles people who are homeless and their advocates face.

Revolutionary Road, A Beautiful Mind and Truthfulness

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Bruce E. Levine

Sam Mendes and Michael Shannon remind us that people who are diagnosed with seriously mental illness can, when feeling respected, say profound things and should be taken seriously.

Why New York City Needed A Comprehensive Web Site for Mental Illness

Charlotte Moses Fischman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Charlotte Moses Fischman

When our family was thrust into the world of mental illness, we felt like we had been cast into outer space. Now, the NYC community finally has a web site to help families, consumers and providers.

Searching for Bobby Fischer... and Bobby Neugeboren

Jay Neugeboren | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jay Neugeboren

The parallels in the lives of my brother and Fischer are often as remarkable as they are sad, and I've tried here to tell part of the story: