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Have you got the wrong impression about schizophrenia?

Rethink Mental Illness said a survey of 1,500 people showed that the condition is widely misunderstood. Schizophrenia commonly causes hallucinations, such as hearing voices, or delusions and can make people lose interest in life. But it should not be “a … Continue reading

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How to offer real support to someone with a mental illness

The unfortunate reality is that many who suffer from a mental illness like schizophrenia, enter into isolation and have difficulty maintaining a functional life. Imagine your reality was terrifying – hearing derogatory voices or believing that the world is conspiring … Continue reading

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Stop connecting mental illness with violence

It certainly seems right given how often mental illness is offered as an explanation for violent behaviour. Just this week, for example, we heard that the recent attack on a Canadian Forces recruiting centre might have been the result, not … Continue reading

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Genetic study provides first-ever insight into biological origin of schizophrenia

Cambridge, Mass. January 26th, 2016 — A landmark study, based on genetic analysis of nearly 65,000 people, has revealed that a person’s risk of schizophrenia is increased if they inherit specific variants in a gene related to “synaptic pruning” — … Continue reading

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TOPICS Watching for Signs of Psychosis in Teens Catching kids early and supporting them before they’re in crisis can delay onset and reduce impairment

There are fewer more frightening or challenging psychiatric conditions for a family to face than psychosis, an extreme mental state in which impaired thinking and emotions cause a person to lose contact with reality. This could mean hearing or seeing … Continue reading

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4 Tips for Preventing a Schizophrenia Relapse

As part of a successful plan, it’s extremely important to guard against relapse—when your symptoms come back or get worse. Unfortunately, relapses are common for people with schizophrenia. But you can help take control of your illness and reduce your … Continue reading

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Schizophrenia not a single disease but multiple genetically distinct disorders

New research shows that schizophrenia isn’t a single disease but a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each with its own set of symptoms. The finding could be a first step toward improved diagnosis and treatment for the debilitating psychiatric … Continue reading

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How Schizophrenia Affects Cognition

How Schizophrenia Affects Cognition In many ways, people with schizophrenia are just like everyone else. But if their illness remains untreated, it can have a tremendous impact on their lives. Some effects of schizophrenia, such as unusual behavior, are easy … Continue reading

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Coping with mental illness in the family

Coping with mental illness in the family This contains several articles 60 Tips for Coping with Having a Family Member who has Schizophrenia Tips for handling a crisis Tips for Communicating Tips for Avoiding Relapses Setting Boundaries How to behave … Continue reading

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Have you seen my brother standing in the shadows?

Have you seen my brother standing in the shadows? My brother John called me last summer to tell me that he had finally figured out our family secret. I was his mother, he said. I am not, of course. My … Continue reading

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