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

One in 100 people is affected by schizophrenia during their life, but 45% of those surveyed thought the illness was much more common. Half mistakenly thought the illness was defined by a split personality and a quarter believed it definitely led to violent behaviour. But the reality is very different, a new campaign by Rethink Schizophrenia campaign claims

World Schizophrenia Day: The truth about schizophrenia, separating fact from fictionSchizophrenia 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 […]

Vitamin D deficiency increases schizophrenia risk, finds study

A recent study led by teams from Aarhus University in Denmark and the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, has found that newborn babies with low vitamin D levels are more at risk of developing schizophrenia later on

Vitamin D deficiency increases schizophrenia risk, finds studySymptoms 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 […]

Childhood trauma and schizophrenia interlinked, offers new hope for treatment

People with schizophrenia may now benefit from more effective, tailored treatments and greater self-empowerment, thanks to research establishing a link between childhood trauma and some of schizophrenia's most common symptoms

Childhood trauma and schizophrenia interlinked, offers new hope for treatmentResearchers 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 […]

Mumbai man suffers rare delusion of being a crow

A 30-year-old paranoid schizophrenia patient suffers from the delusion of being a crow. He has been undergoing treatment for the past seven years

Mumbai man suffers rare delusion of being a crowThe 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 […]