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Improving cognitive functioning in schizophrenia

Schizophrenia

Lab Tests for Psychosis or Schizophrenia

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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This One Fix Could Prevent 50,000 Suicide Deaths

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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Cannabis Probably Does Cause Schizophrenia

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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Recovery From Schizophrenia

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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Natural cures for schizophrenia?

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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Keto diet for schizophrenia

A dietary solution for symptoms of psychosis? This week, I’m preparing a short lecture with the title “Complementary, alternative, and nutritional treatments for schizophrenia.” I’ll be giving this lecture to an audience of clinicians who care for people affected by schizophrenia. (more about this lecture at the end of the letter) One of the reasons…

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Psychotherapy for psychosis

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

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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