THE UNSPONSORED PSYCHIATRY REPORT

Psychotherapy for psychosis

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

Psychotherapy in Psychosis In this post, I would like to highlight an open-access article that highlights that value of psychotherapy in the treatment of psychosis. It offers valuable insights into the aspects of psychotherapy that people with psychosis found most useful in their paths from acutely symptomatic to fully recovered. The article is free for…

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Improving cognitive functioning in schizophrenia

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / October 19, 2018

Aerobic exercise improves cognitive functioning in schizophrenia In a comprehensive review of published research about the effects of exercise on cognitive functioning in schizophrenia, Joseph Firth and colleagues conclude that aerobic exercise offers significant benefits. The observed effects of exercise on cognition are greater in the more rigorously-designed studies or in the studies where the…

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Happiness in Schizophrenia?

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / June 21, 2018

Happiness: an often-overlooked goal of treatment Even though most people would point to happiness as an ultimate goal in life, psychiatry tends to limit its focus to the relief of suffering. Certainly, this has been the case with schizophrenia, where scientific and clinical attention has been directed toward trying to understand the nature of the…

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How do auditory hallucinations work?

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / June 7, 2018

Auditory Hallucinations This week’s report will focus on auditory hallucinations. Understanding how auditory hallucinations happen will ultimately shed light on the very important question of how the mind works. We have much to learn in pursuit of this goal. However, neuroscience has made important advances toward the needed understanding, and these are reviewed in the open-access…

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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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