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How Psychosis Works: Delusions and Paranoia Explained

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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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Happiness in Schizophrenia?

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?

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

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?

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

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

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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