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Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder –- categorized as a psychotic illness –- that is usually treated with antipsychotic medications. It can involve breaks with reality. Newer atypical antipsychotics such as Clozaril, Risperdal, Seroquel, Abilify, and Zyprexa have different side effect profiles than the older “typical” antipsychotics medications such as Haldol and Thorazine.

About Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia - Facts and research information.

Causes of Schizophrenia
Understanding the origins of the brain disorder known as Schizophrenia.

Treatments For Schizophrenia
Education, medication and rehabilitation options for treating schizophrenia

Schizophrenia Helpers
Patient advocacy and caregiver helps for schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia Symptom Monitor
The schizophrenia symptom monitor on the About.com InHealth site can help you understand how well your symptoms are controlled, how your symptoms are affecting your life, and what to talk about with your doctor. It's free and completely confidential.

Outlook For Schizophrenia
What's ahead for research into schizophrenia and schizophrenia treatment?

Prenatal Famine Exposure may lead to Schizophrenia
People born during a famine in China have an increased risk of schizophrenia, consistent with previous research suggesting a link between fetal nutritional deficiency and schizophrenia.

Psychosis - A Personal Story
A user submission from Kathryn O'Neill about her own experiences with panic disorder and schizophrenaform disorder.

Study Pinpoints Schizophrenia Brain Glitch
Scientists for the first time have identified a fault in the brain waves of schizophrenics that may explain their hallucinations and disturbed thinking

THC may Cause Schizophrenia-like Symptoms
Yale University researchers have shown that active ingredient in marijuana can cause transient schizophrenia-like symptoms ranging from suspiciousness and delusions to impairments in memory and attention in some patients.

New Drink may help Antipsychotic Drugs
U.K. research has discovered a drink which, when taken with traditional antipsychotic medication, can increase effectiveness of schizophrenia and mania treatments and also lessen unwanted side effects from drug treatments.

Schizophrenia Information from A.D.A.M. Healthcare
Additional information about this disorder.

Schizophrenia may be Different Disorders
Schizophrenia may not be one single disease but rather an array of disorders whose psychiatric and cognitive symptoms vary according to which part of the brain is affected and to what degree.

Antipsychotic Medications
These drugs are the treatment-of-choice for schizophrenia. By correcting brain chemistry they allow persons with this disorder to live a normal or near-normal life.

Schizophrenia - It's Not What You Think
Schizophrenia has nothing to do with split personality. It is a serious treatable mental disorder.

Women with Schizophrenia have Unique Needs
Women with schizophrenia have unique healthcare needs, and providers should consider gender issues when considering treatment options, a new study suggests.

Schizophrenia Webcast
Healthology produces webcasts on different health issues. An excellent webcast on schizophrenia featured Nathaniel Lachenmeyer - author of The Outsider: A Journey into My Father's Struggle with Madness.

Women with Schizophrenia have Unique Needs
Women with schizophrenia have unique healthcare needs, and providers should consider gender issues when considering treatment options, a study suggests. 

New Antipsychotics may not have fewer Side-Effects
A new meta-analysis of past research studies calls into question the assumption that the newer "atypical" antipsychotic medications have a much better side-effect profile than older antipsychotic medications.

All About Schizophrenia
A comprehensive resource developed at the National Institute of Mental Health.

Tardive Dyskenesia
This movement disorder is always caused by medications. The older antipsychotic medications used to treat schizophrenia are some of the most common culprits.

Schizophrenia - It's not what you think
Schizophrenia has nothing to do with split personality. It is a serious treatable mental disorder.

Schizophrenia - Neurological Diseases and Disorders
Schizophrenia links from your About.com Neuroscience Guide

Schizophrenia at MEDLINE Plus
A good collection of sites and resources compiled by the National Library of Medicine.

Schizophrenia and Schizotypal Personality's Genetic Roots
Researchers have found a "disheveled-1 gene" that may be involved in schizotypal personality disorder and schizophrenia.

Creating Schizophrenic Mice
Scientists at NIMH are genetically modifying mice in order to make them mentally ill. Dr. Jacqueline Crawley and her colleagues are searching for an animal model for schizophrenia. If they can create "schizophrenic mice" then they can test promising new medications without risking the health of human subjects.

New Anti-Psychotic Drugs work better than Old
A new study has shown that people diagnosed with their first episode of schizophrenia fare much better when treated with newer anti-psychotic drugs than with traditional medications.

Schizophrenia's Sub-Types Linked to Different Parts of the Brain
Schizophrenia may not be one single disease but rather an array of disorders whose psychiatric and cognitive symptoms vary according to which part of the brain is affected and to what degree.

Combination Treatment Shows Promise for Schizophrenia
A 12/2002 study found that combining the anticonvulsant drug divalproex with either olanzapine or risperidone - two commonly used antipsychotic drugs - significantly enhanced and hastened responses in patients suffering from acute psychotic episodes of schizophrenia.

Older Fathers Raise Risk of a Child with Schizophrenia
A 2001 study shows that older fathers are far more likely to have children with schizophrenia, while the age of the mother appears to have no influence on the likelihood of her offspring developing this devastating disease.

Have a Disorder, Build a Website - Schizophrenia
Some amazing efforts from people suffering from a debilitating disease.

Olanzapine (Zyprexa) Information
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) is an atypical antipsychotic medication that is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Clozapine (Clozaril) Information
Clozapine (Clozaril) was the first of the newer atypical antipsychotic medications.

Are Marijuana and Schizophrenia Linked?
Is there really a link between marijuana and schizophrenia? A new study has found similarities between the brains of adolescents who smoke marijuana regularly and adolescents with schizophrenia.

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