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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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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Cognitive brain training benefits patients with severe schizophrenia, finds study

New research has revealed that targeted cognitive training can successfully reduce cognitive impairment in treatment-resistant schizophrenia. Symptoms of schizophrenia include psychoses, hallucinations, delusions, and unusual thinking patterns. Emotional numbing, reduced motivation, difficulty forming and maintaining social relationships, and cognitive impairment are also among the symptoms that tend to characterize the condition. Cognitive impairment in schizophrenia […]

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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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UK researchers develop avatar therapy to treat schizophrenia patients

Patients who received this therapy became less distressed and heard voices less often compared with those who had counselling instead. Experts said the therapy could add an important new approach to treating schizophrenia hallucinations. The trial, on 150 people, is published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. It follows a much smaller pilot study in 2013. […]

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20 years later, he still struggles with cannabis ‘hangover’

Cannabis is infamous for its acute disease spreading properties such as cannabinoids. Acute anxiety, hallucinations, chest heaviness, schizophrenia and such ailments are known side-effects of consuming cannabis. Occasional drinkers or smokers generally use the excuse about how intermittent consumption could not have serious side-effects. But, contrary to this belief, a 40-year-old Mumbai man has been […]

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Forgetful? Look for these early signs of dementia

Dementia is a general term for loss of memory and other mental abilities severe enough to interfere with daily life. It is caused by physical changes in the brain. It is marked by memory loss, impaired cognitive functions, compromised volition as well as changes in personality. It is caused by the degeneration of the brain […]

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Why schizophrenia is increasing amongst youth?

Why schizophrenia is increasing amongst youth?

Rohit Muzumdar, (name changed), a Mumbai resident was short tempered and often lost his cool. Owing to which, he was taken to the doctor by his family. That was the time when the doctors diagnosed him with schizophrenia. Meanwhile, on Thursday, Rohit suddenly attacked his father. Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Vidya Thakur, Medical […]

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