Schizophrenia News

Increased Health Risks Linked to First Psychotic Episode

October 12th, 2014
New research has found that many patients experiencing their first psychotic episode have other health risks that could lead to premature death. The study found that increased risks of heart disease and metabolic issues, such as high blood sugar, in people with first episode ...

Pregnant Women with Psychosis Need Higher Drug Dosage

October 11th, 2014
Although the newer generation of antipsychotic drugs, or neuroleptics, have fewer negative side effects than the older generations, a new study has found that higher doses are needed during pregnancy to maintain a therapeutic effect. Researchers from the University Department of Paediatrics and ...

Attention Requires Balanced Brain Activity

October 6th, 2014
Psychologists have made important discoveries into attention problems in schizophrenic individuals. Tobias Bast, Ph.D., and colleagues at Nottingham University in the U.K. explain that inhibitory signals between brain neurons are crucial for healthy brain activity. But disruptions to this inhibition can cause attention ...

Blood Test Targets Psychosis Risk

September 23rd, 2014
Researchers have developed a blood test that predicts if a person with risk factors for psychosis will go on to develop psychosis. Investigators from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill believe the discovery is an important step forward in the accurate ...

8 Disorders Instead of One? The Role Gene Clusters Play in Schizophrenia

September 16th, 2014
New research suggests that what is commonly thought of as one disorder -- schizophrenia -- may in fact be eight different and distinct disorders. Schizophrenia is a complex but rare mental illness characterized by a person experiencing hallucinations and/or delusions. It affects between ...

New Study Traces Abnormal Brain Development in Schizophrenia

September 16th, 2014
A new international study has determined that parts of the cerebral cortex develop differently in people with schizophrenia. The discovery stems from an assessment of brain development during childhood and adolescence in people with and without schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is generally considered to be a ...

Mental Illness Diagnosis Puts Family Members at Emotional Risk

September 16th, 2014
When a family member receives a diagnosis of a mental illness, there is an emotional cost, often in the form of anxiety, that is often felt by family caregivers. In a new study, researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Nursing found ...

Study Finds New Insights Into Chemical Imbalance in Schizophrenia

September 13th, 2014
Neurons in schizophrenia patients secrete greater amounts of dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine -- three neurotransmitters commonly linked to a range of psychiatric disorders. The findings, published in the journal Stem Cell Reports, confirms and enhances the theory of a chemical basis for ...

OCD Patients & Their Kids at Greater Risk of Schizophrenia

September 7th, 2014
Individuals diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) -- and even the children of those with OCD -- are at significantly greater risk for developing schizophrenia and schizophrenia spectrum disorders later in life, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry. Although OCD and ...

Forty Percent of Women with Severe Mental Illness Are Victims of Rape, Attempted Rape

September 6th, 2014
Women with severe mental illness are up to five times more likely to be victims of sexual assault and two to three times more likely to suffer domestic violence compared to the general population. “This study highlights that patients with severe mental ...