Schizophrenia News

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 ...

Happiness Still Attainable, Even With Schizophrenia

August 23rd, 2014
More than one-third of patients with schizophrenia report being happy all or most of the time, according to a new survey by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. In fact, happiness levels were found unrelated to the severity ...

Schizophrenia Hinders Assessing Effort Needed for Task

August 22nd, 2014
New research suggests the reason individuals with schizophrenia have trouble engaging in daily tasks or setting goals for themselves is that they have difficulty assessing the amount of effort required to complete tasks. The study by San Francisco State researchers is discussed in ...

Study Finds Veterans Mostly Satisfied with VA Mental Health Care

August 21st, 2014
Despite recent allegations of misconduct and uproar over delays to obtaining care, a new RAND Corporation study finds U.S. veterans are generally satisfied with the mental health care they receive from the Veterans Health Administration (VA). However, the study, conducted in 2008 and 2009, found ...