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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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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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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