Teens who smoke pot at risk for later schizophrenia, psychosis

Teenagers and young adults who use marijuana may be messing with their heads in ways they don’t intend. Evidence is mounting that regular marijuana use increases the chance that a teenager will develop psychosis, a pattern of unusual thoughts or perceptions, such as believing the television is transmitting secret messages. It also increases the risk of…

What happens to the body and brain of individuals with schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a psychiatric disorder in which previously normal cognitive abilities and behaviors becomes disturbed. The most common age of onset is just after reaching adulthood, typically the late-teens to the mid-thirties. It is manifested either by so-called positive symptoms (delusions, hallucinations, unusual or disorganized behavior) or by negative symptoms, including a marked lack of…

What Is a Psychotic Disorder? schizophrenia

Psychotic disorders are a group of serious illnesses that affect the mind. They make it hard for someone to think clearly, make good judgments, respond emotionally, communicate effectively, understand reality, and behave appropriately. When symptoms are severe, people with psychotic disorders have trouble staying in touch with reality and often are unable to handle daily life….

Why schizophrenia leads to social isolation

Michael Green, neuroscientist and professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA, has been fascinated with the human brain, behavior and mental illness since his undergraduate days. In graduate school at Cornell University, he worked in a state hospital with people who had schizophrenia. While working with them, Green noticed he could be having an…

7 Tips for Coping With Schizophrenia as a Family

How to Be an Effective Schizophrenia Caregiver If you have a loved one with schizophrenia, you and the rest of your family can be an instrumental part of his or her care team. “A supportive family makes living with schizophrenia a lot easier,” says Andrew Savageau, MD, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Ohio State University’s…

Schizophrenia linked to threefold increase in death risk

A study that examined trends over 20 years in a large Canadian population revealed that people with schizophrenia were three times more likely to die than people without it. Those with the disorder were also found to have a lower life expectancy. Writing in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers – led by Dr. Paul Kurdyak, of…

5 Different Types of Schizophrenia

The symptoms that people experience during schizophrenia can vary depending on the subtype of the illness. There are 5 types of schizophrenia as recognized by the DSM (Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and although many have similar general symptoms, there are various features that can distinguish one subtype from the others. A diagnosis…

Schizophrenia Symptoms and causes

Symptoms Schizophrenia involves a range of problems with thinking (cognition), behavior or emotions. Signs and symptoms may vary, but usually involve delusions, hallucinations or disorganized speech, and reflect an impaired ability to function. Symptoms may include: Delusions. These are false beliefs that are not based in reality. For example, you think that you’re being harmed…

Tips for Boosting Schizophrenia Medication Compliance

If you or a loved one has struggled to stay on a treatment plan for schizophrenia, you’re not alone. Taking medications as prescribed can be difficult for people with this illness. But complying with a treatment plan can help those with schizophrenia improve their overall health and make life more fulfilling. The key is to tackle…

Schizophrenia: Symptoms, Signs, and Treatment

Schizophrenia is one of the most serious and disabling mental illnesses. Some people diagnosed with schizophrenia are able to manage their symptoms adequately with the lifelong use of powerful antipsychotic medications and a strong support system. However, far too many experience significant suffering, with bouts of homelessness, institutionalization, regular and lengthy hospital stays and seemingly…