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Cure from schizophrenia is possible, says Norwegian study; resilience and job key factors

Schizophrenia is a serious brain disorder characterized by abnormal social behavior and failure to understand reality. It distorts the way a person thinks, acts, and relates to others. Even as its symptoms can be treated with the help of schizophrenia treatment centers, it has no known cure so far. However, a new Norwegian study has shown some favorable outcomes, giving hope to schizophrenics around the world. The study by the University of Oslo’s Department of Psychology, published recently in the European Psychiatry journal, saw more than half of around 30 young participants recover fully or partially. The participants were the…

Parents file lawsuit against officers for killing son with schizophrenia

February 21, 2018 Schizophrenia

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Parents file lawsuit against officers for killing son with schizophrenia Are the law enforcement officers adequately equipped to handle emergencies involving people with a mental health condition? Apparently, no. In a social milieu that is seeped with stigma and shame about a mental health condition, they cannot be totally blamed for not being sensitive enough about conditions like schizophrenia, a debilitating mental health disorder characterized by hallucinations and mood swings that can lead to unintentional violence, unsocial behavior or self-harm. Unfortunately, people struggling with schizophrenia are not violent sociopaths that they are made out to be by those who are unaware of the sufferer’s state of mind. This was what…

NYPD officer shot dead by a man suffering from schizophrenia harboring anti-police sentiments

The 4th of July celebrations turned into a mourning for the New York City with the killing of the first female New York Police Department (NYPD) officer in the line of duty since the Sept. 11 attacks. In the early hours of Wednesday, July 5, 2017, Miosotis Familia, a 12-year veteran with NYPD, was murdered without warning or provocation by Alexander Bonds, who fired a revolver at her through the window of the patrol car she was sitting in. The bullet struck her straight in the head. Although Familia was immediately taken to the hospital, she was declared dead. The…

Ron Powers’ latest book reveals his sons’ struggle with schizophrenia

Mental illnesses are becoming common in the U.S. This is as much due to increasing awareness about such illnesses as it is about complexities of modern day life. However, not many seek help for such problems and such illnesses still have a lot of stigmas attached to them. While there is at least one out of five adults affected by any form of mental illness every year, there is a lack of understanding about many of them which prevent people from seeking help. In such a scenario, famed Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, novelist and non-fiction writer Ron Powers, has taken a…

Cognitive problems could help understand psychosis risk: Study

People suffering from schizophrenia encounter bouts of psychosis during which they are unable to distinguish between real and imaginary. This kind of mental disorder also manifests acute deficits in neurocognitive function that results in difficulties in remembering and inability to pay attention. A group of psychologists from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) observed that such signs are also visible before the onset of psychotic behavior during a high-risk stage of the disorder identified as the prodromal phase. The authors of the study titled “Association of Neurocognition With Transition to Psychosis: Baseline Functioning in the Second Phase of the…

Quit smoking during pregnancy to ward off schizophrenia risk in your baby

Expectant mothers are advised strictly against smoking during pregnancy as it can lead to complications not only in them but also in the unborn babies. Smoking can harm various body organs and brain of the unborn babies. It is better safe than sorry. By refraining from smoking, the mothers-to-be can be more sensitive and caring toward the unborn babies. And now, there is another strong reason for pregnant women to quit smoking. A recent study by the Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry in May 2016, suggested that women who smoke during…

Risk of developing schizophrenia may be linked to maternal age: Study

Not much is known about schizophrenia despite a decade of research dedicated to this severe mental disorder. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), schizophrenia impairs a person’s ability to think with clarity, control emotions, form decisions and relate to people around him. An estimated 1 percent of Americans are afflicted with this complex and chronic disorder characterized by social withdrawal, constant tendencies of suspicion, depressive behavior, insomnia, and acute response to reproval. Studies have shown that certain genetic predispositions and environmental stressors during early childhood may be linked to a high risk of developing schizophrenia. Now a…
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