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Gluten and schizophrenia

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / May 25, 2018

Background I’m often asked if there are any dietary solutions or recommendations for people with schizophrenia. This letter suggests that the answer – for some patients – might be ‘yes.’ We will focus here on the topic of grain-free or gluten-free diet studies in schizophrenia.     Case Reports A 29-year-old Italian woman was diagnosed…

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Does marijuana cause schizophrenia?

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / May 18, 2018

Introduction The risk of schizophrenia jumps by more than 300% among regular cannabis users. This is a well-established fact. What has been unclear is whether this additional risk is actually caused by the cannabis exposure, or whether the association is secondary to some other process (for example, maybe people destined to develop schizophrenia happen to…

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How to reduce the negative symptoms of schizophrenia

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / May 15, 2018

Summary This article will describe promising non-drug approaches to reducing the feelings of apathy or emotional blunting that can occur with schizophrenia-spectrum illnesses. The approach is based on the deliberate cultivation of positive experience, and it can be highly effective.     The ‘Negative Symptoms’ of Schizophrenia Many people with schizophrenia struggle with symptoms of…

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How Psychosis Works: Delusions and Paranoia Explained

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / May 14, 2018

Summary Our brains have a built-in significance detection system. This system has ensured our survival as a species by alerting the conscious mind to noteworthy events. Dopamine is an important signal in the significance detection circuits. If the dopamine signal is too strong, or is activated randomly, we will start to receive confusing subconscious alerts…

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Blog posts are not medical recommendations

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / April 29, 2018

This site may contain general information about medications, disease states, and treatments. No information on this website is to be viewed as a personalized recommendation or substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician before starting or changing treatment.

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