Psychosis News

Mice Study Suggests Some Disorders May Be Tied to 4-Hour Cycles

February 23rd, 2015
A new animal study finds that four-hour cycles driven by the neurotransmitter dopamine may be implicated in the disturbed sleep-wake cycles of some mental disorders such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The study, led by Kai-Florian Storch, Ph.D., of the Douglas Mental Health ...

Eight Different Types of Schizophrenia

February 5th, 2015
A group of researchers from Spain and the U.S. have found that schizophrenia is actually a group of eight genetically different types of diseases, each of which presents its own set of symptoms. Scientists from the universities of Granada (Spain) and Washington in ...

First-Episode Psychosis Clinic Lessens Suffering, Financial Burden

January 24th, 2015
Offering early, clinical care to young people going through their first episode of psychosis would reduce the amount of suffering they experience, lower their financial burden and help them stay in work or school, according to a new study published in the ...

Brain Tissue Thickness, Inflammation Tied to Psychosis

January 15th, 2015
A new neuroimaging study finds that as an individual develops psychosis the thickness of brain tissue lessens. The finding comes from a study of a large group of high risk young adults living at multiple sites. Psychosis typically develops during the transition from adolescence ...

High IQ May Protect Against Schizophrenia

January 5th, 2015
In people with a genetic predisposition for schizophrenia, having high intelligence may help protect them from developing the severe mental disorder, according to a new study by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and Lund University in Sweden. In fact, people with a lower ...

Thank You Note to Customers Hikes Business

December 31st, 2014
After completing an online customer satisfaction survey, restaurant patrons who received a sincere, well-timed “thank you” email from the restaurant’s president increased their patronage to the restaurant by more than 50 percent, according to new research led by Michigan State University (MSU). "In the ...

Many with First Psychotic Episode Don’t Get Right Meds

December 27th, 2014
Many patients with first-episode psychosis are given medications that do not comply with the recommended guidelines for first-episode treatment, according to a new analysis published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. First-episode patients have different treatment needs than those with multi-episode psychosis. Current guidelines ...

Researchers ID New Early Warning Signs of Psychosis

December 13th, 2014
Researchers have identified a new cluster of preclinical symptoms that may indicate when a young person is at greater risk for developing a psychotic illness, including schizophrenia. The researchers also identified several biological processes that typically occur during a person’s transition from minor ...

Gambling Issues Often Linked to Personality Disorders

November 26th, 2014
A new review suggest that individuals receiving treatment for gambling problems should also be screened for personality disorders. The recommendation comes after researchers from Monash University in Australia discovered treatment for gambling problems is often complicated because an individual may also suffer from ...

New Hope for Patients with Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenia

November 8th, 2014
Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have discovered a genetic biomarker that could help identify schizophrenia patients who are resistant to antipsychotic drugs (about 30 percent of all schizophrenia patients). “Many treatment-resistant patients are not identified as such and are treated ...