Aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and naproxen (Alleve) are the best-known examples of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). There are more than 20 different NSAID medications that can be used in clinical practice. NSAIDs are also widely prescribed, accounting for five to ten percent of all drug prescriptions in the U.S. They are usually prescribed as pain…

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Consider yourself cordially invited to a live, online (and totally free) course where we will explain why and how to use clozapine. Even though it’s far and away the most effective treatment for schizophrenia, a lot of mental health care providers have questions about it. We will try to answer them in this course. There…

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Hallucinations are very common. In fact, nearly 1 in 10 people will experience a hallucination during their lives. Hallucinations are also extremely common in psychosis, and in illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality syndrome, and even major depression. Auditory hallucinations are the most common type of hallucination. And among auditory hallucinations, hearing voices…

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The difference between psychosis and schizophrenia Psychosis and schizophrenia are sometimes used interchangeably in ordinary language. And even though both terms are linguistic antiques (and need to be changed), “psychosis” and “schizophrenia” are medical terms with specific meanings. So let’s clarify them before talking about lab tests. Psychosis is a neurological symptom. It involves unusual…

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A Suicide Prevention Proposal Today is Suicide Prevention Awareness Day. As a psychiatric physician—and simply as someone who cares about other people—I join millions of other voices hoping to move our society closer to one that can better prevent suicide. Preventing suicide is easier said than done. It’s not an easy task for a front-line…

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Psychosis is one of the oldest and best-documented risks of cannabis use.  Associations between cannabis use and psychosis appeared in the medical literature soon after cannabis was introduced into Western medical practice in the 1850s. Physicians of the 19thcentury accurately identified marijuana’s therapeutic value. Medical textbooks and journals of that era described benefits in the…

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What does recovery from schizophrenia look like? How about graduating from college and running a nonprofit organization? That’s what recovery looks like for Bethany Yeiser. After being treated with clozapine, she was able to complete her university education, write a book, and form a nonprofit organization to promote awareness of schizophrenia and its effective treatments.…

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Complementary, alternative, and dietary or nutritional treatments are popular because they suggest the possibility of cure illness without the side effects (or stigma) that might come from customary treatments. Despite their popularity, the effectiveness of such treatments for mental illness has not been well-studied in the medical literature. Lots of people would be willing to…

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