Can oxytocin improve social functioning and interactions in schizophrenic patients?

Oxytocin is a neuropeptide produced by the hypothalamus (a part of the human brain), which acts as a neurotransmitter. This hormonealso known as the love hormoneis released during social bonding which produces a sense of happiness and warmth. Seeing its effect on the overall health and mood of a person, some researchers suggested that oxytocin may have beneficial effects on the positive as well as the negative symptoms of schizophrenia.  Continue reading

Advanced paternal age adds to risk of early-onset of schizophrenia in children

Previous studies have linked advanced paternal age with an increased risk of schizophrenia onset in children, however, it has been challenging to differentiate the effects of factors related to age versus the effects of age. The paternal age association could be unauthentic if late fatherhood was held responsible for the early onset on schizophrenia because this also reflected the father’s own susceptibility to schizophrenia. Continue reading

Man with schizophrenia who killed his mother pleads guilty

Man with schizophrenia who killed his mother pleads guilty

The 31-year-old man who took the life of his mother in her Lower Makefield Township home in 2016  has “pleaded guilty but mentally ill to third-degree murder”. On Jan. 22, 2018, Zachary Cope confessed that his mental illness had made him see his mother Rebecca Cope as an enemy that made him attack and stab her multiple times in the kitchen. He had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Continue reading

British scientists begin trial of new approach to treat schizophrenia

British scientists begin trial of new approach to treat schizophrenia

Researchers at the King’s College Hospital in London are working on an all-new approach to treat schizophrenia, a mental disorder characterized by hallucinations, delusions and other cognitive malfunctions. The therapeutic intervention is based on the emerging scientific evidence that consider schizophrenia as a disease of immune system. Continue reading

Homicide charge dropped against Australian mother suffering from schizophrenia

Mental illness, especially an untreated one, can severely affect an individual’s ability to act normally. In a tragic turn of events, a 40-year-old mother, who had been suffering from schizophrenia, which had not been diagnosed, killed 8 children, including her niece, believing that she was saving them from an apocalypse. Continue reading

Schizophrenia or bipolar disorder in parents likely to raise risk of mental illnesses in children

The potential causes of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder are not completely known. This has led scientists to conduct researches to find out if hereditary transmission of the disorders may result in mental health problems among children. Now, a new study has found that children born to parents afflicted with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder are at a greater likelihood of feeling aggrieved with emotional disorders by the time they reach seven years of age. Continue reading

Aerobic exercises help manage schizophrenia symptoms

Schizophrenia is a chronic mental health condition which affects more than 1.1 percent of adult American population, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). It affects a person’s thoughts, causes disorganized speech, memory problems, delusions and hallucinations. Though treating schizophrenia is tough, various ways care being adopted to manage and treat its symptoms. Continue reading

Advanced maternal age ups chances of children to suffer from OCD: Study

Children born to older fathers have been found to be at a great likelihood of suffering from schizophrenia. Studies have said that 15 percent patients detected with schizophrenia were also diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), making it unclear if the first child born to an older father also carried the risk of suffering from OCD.

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World Schizophrenia Day: Why schizophrenics are more prone to suicide attempts

Schizophrenia is a chronic disabling mental disorder characterized by fragmented thinking, wherein patients are unable to manage emotions, think clearly or relate to others. The mental condition is strongly linked to an increased risk of suicide attempts, which means there is an association between the presence of symptoms, such as auditory hallucinations and delusions, and an increased risk of suicide among these patients. A recent study by the University of Toronto revealed an association between schizophrenia and the probability of attempting suicide.

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Avatar Therapy: An innovative treatment for auditory hallucination

A hallucination can be visual or auditory, olfactory or tactile. Auditory hallucinations are among the most common and most difficult to treat. While certain medications and therapies can mitigate hallucinations, there is no cure for the condition. Antipsychotic medications can cause unwanted side effects and cognitive behavioral therapy has no effect on muting the hallucinations or reducing their prevalence.

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