Psychosis News

Some Anti-Inflammatory Drugs May Aid Schizophrenia Treatment

October 21st, 2014
Emerging research suggests that some anti-inflammatory medicines can improve the efficacy of existing schizophrenia treatments. A group of researchers at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands discovered anti-inflammatory medicines such as aspirin, estrogen, and fluimucil can help improve schizophrenia symptoms. This work was ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Rat Study: Females More Sensitive to Cannabis

September 6th, 2014
Due to higher estrogen levels, females are at least 30 percent more sensitive to the pain-relieving effects of THC (the active ingredient in cannabis) compared to males, according to a new rat study at Washington State University (WSU). Females are also more susceptible ...

Childhood Burn Survivors Suffer Higher Rates of Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

August 31st, 2014
Adults who were hospitalized for a burn as a child experience higher than usual rates of depression and suicidal thoughts, according to a new Australian study. A 30-year follow-up study of childhood burn victims by researchers at the University of Adelaide’s Centre for ...

Postpartum Difficulties Not Just Limited to Depression

August 19th, 2014
Beyond postpartum depression, there are several other lesser-known mental health risks during the perinatal period (just before and after a baby is born), and this includes the added pressure of becoming a “super” mom or dad, according to a University of Kansas ...

Overactive Immune System May Be Linked to Mental Illness Risk

August 15th, 2014
The immune system may play a vital role in the development of mental illness, according to new research published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. The study shows that children with regularly high levels of a protein released in the blood during an infection ...

Aim for Next-Gen Schizophrenia Drugs Is Dimming Symptoms Without Side Effects

August 12th, 2014
A recently published study suggests a new class of drug may act as a dimmer switch to control schizophrenia. The approach is heralded as a method to manage the symptoms of schizophrenia without some of the side effects associated with current anti-psychotic medicines. Schizophrenia ...