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 […]

People who are born blind are unlikely to develop schizophrenia in their lifetime

According to the authors of this latest research, no incidents of schizophrenia in cortically blind people have ever been recorded to date

People who are born blind are unlikely to develop schizophrenia in their lifetimeSince the middle of the last century, researchers have been looking at a curious link – it seems that being born blind protects people from developing schizophrenia. Now, a large scale study has just added more evidence to confirm this is indeed the case. In particular, cortical blindness – caused by abnormalities in the brain, […]

‘Night owls’ have greater risk of having depressive symptoms, schizophrenia: Confirms new study

Night owls are at greater risk of depression and schizophrenia, new findings suggest. Scientists found being a ‘morning person’ could protect against the conditions

‘Night owls’ have greater risk of having depressive symptoms, schizophrenia: Confirms new studyStaying up late and lying in could increase your risk of mental illness, experts have warned. People who go to bed early and wake up early report higher mental well-being, the University of Exeter researchers said. Study leader Mike Weedon said, “We’ve provided the strongest evidence to date that ‘night owls’ are at higher risk […]

Lead exposure in childhood can be a risk factor for poor mental health in adults

The research findings, which appear in JAMA Psychiatry, indicate that people who had high levels of lead in their blood when they were young are more likely to experience mental health issues by the time they turn 38. The study also indicates that they are also more likely to have developed unhealthy personality traits, such as neuroticism

Lead exposure in childhood can be a risk factor for poor mental health in adultsLead is a type of metal that people throughout the world have used in the construction of water pipes, added into paint to prevent corrosion, and put into gasoline to maintain engine durability. Lead that accumulates in the body can also disrupt the central nervous system, and some studies have linked lead exposure during childhood […]

Common heart, diabetes drugs may help ease mental illness: Study reveals

A new study is raising the question of whether certain cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes drugs could help manage mental illnesses like schizophrenia

Common heart, diabetes drugs may help ease mental illness: Study revealsThe findings come from a study of over 142,000 Swedish patients with serious mental illnesses, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The researchers found that those patients typically fared better during periods when they were taking certain medications to treat high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes Compared with periods when they were not on those […]

The role of rehabs and support groups in aiding youths with mental health issues

Getting help from rehabs makes sure that someone is constantly evaluating the patient to make sure all his or her needs are met in a supportive atmosphere. This is done to take proper steps for each person to get them on the right path to recovery

The role of rehabs and support groups in aiding youths with mental health issuesApproximately 1 of every 5 individuals suffer from one or the other mental illnesses. Amongst the youth in particular, depression, anxiety and stress is common. One needs to understand that whatever the concern is, they need to speak to someone close or to a psychiatrist or a support group in order to get appropriate help […]

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

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 […]

People with schizophrenia experience emotion differently from others, reveals new study

Colourful figures of the human body are helping Vanderbilt University researchers understand how people experience emotion through their ‘bodies maps’ and how this process is radically altered in people with schizophrenia

People with schizophrenia experience emotion differently from others, reveals new studyResearchers are working to understand how people with schizophrenia experience emotion through their bodies. Sohee Park, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Psychology, and Ph.D. student Lénie J. Torregrossa compared individuals with schizophrenia with matched control participants, asking each to fill in a ‘body map’ in a way that correlates to the way they physically experience […]

Mumbai: Build special hospital for patients with mental illnesses, demands Sena corporator  

Mumbai has been witnessing a steep rise in the number of people who are suffering from mental illnesses. As per the recent survey which was done by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) over 1.74 lakh Mumbaikars are suffering from mental illnesses

Mumbai: Build special hospital for patients with mental illnesses, demands Sena corporator  Raising this issue in the BMC during a meeting, Shiv Sena corporator, Sheetal Mhatre has demanded that the civic administration should set-up a special hospital to cater to the increasing population with mental illness. Due to the peer pressure and faulty lifestyle mental illness in India are spreading like an epidemic. People are suffering from […]

Schizophrenia the most misunderstood mental illness!!

As per the World Health Organisation (WHO), schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder affecting over 21 million people worldwide. It affects approximately 1% of the population. This disorder can affect any gender and at any age, but the most common age of its onset is between 15 and 25 years.

Schizophrenia the most misunderstood mental illness!!Schizophrenia is characterized by distortions in thinking, perception, emotions, language, sense of self and behaviour. Some common experiences include hallucinations – hearing voices or seeing things that are not there and delusions – fixed, false beliefs. Worldwide, schizophrenia is associated with considerable disability and may affect educational and occupational performance. People suffering from schizophrenia often […]
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