Vitamin D deficiency increases schizophrenia risk, finds study

Symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and cognitive problems characterise schizophrenia. So far, however, researchers have been unable to find out exactly what causes this condition. That being said, they have identified some likely risk factors – such as the presence of certain sets of genes, or exposure to some viruses. Due to older research suggesting […]

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#MentalHealthWeek: Family plays a vital role in reintegrating schizophrenia patients in society

Schizophrenia is the most disabling of all the major mental disorders. Schizophrenia is an illness that interferes with an individual’s ability to think, feel and to receive and understand sensory information. It is a severe mental disorder in which a person cannot understand the difference between real and imaginary. An individual’s behaviour may also be […]

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Psychotic experiences are common even among people who don’t have a mental health condition

The good news is, you’re not alone. Psychosis, also called a psychotic experience or episode, is when someone perceives or interprets reality differently to the people around them. And it’s estimated that around 5-10% of people will have a psychotic experience in their lifetime. While they’re different for each person, psychotic experiences often include hallucinations […]

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Scientist work towards quietening the ‘voices’ of schizophrenia

World Schizophrenia Day: The truth about schizophrenia, separating fact from fiction

Schizophrenia does not mean you have a split personality or automatically become violent, a mental health charity has warned. Rethink Mental Illness said a survey of 1,500 people showed that the condition is widely misunderstood. Schizophrenia commonly causes hallucinations, such as hearing voices, or delusions and can make people lose interest in life. But it […]

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Childhood trauma and schizophrenia interlinked, offers new hope for treatment

Researchers from Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence for Youth Mental Health; the University of Melbourne; Port Phillip Prison and University Hospital of Gran Canaria Dr Negrin, Spain conducted a meta-analysis of 29 studies on childhood trauma and psychotic symptoms. As reported in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin, the strongest finding was that all types of […]

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Mumbai man suffers rare delusion of being a crow

Mumbai man suffers rare delusion of being a crow

The patients and staff around psychiatry OPD number 21 at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital (LTMG), Mumbai, were confronted by a puzzling ‘crow man’ Thursday. Mitesh Santani (name changed) has the unusual delusion of being a crow and his condition has baffled the doctors at the hospital. “In my entire practice, I have never seen anyone […]

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