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Schizophrenia – causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment & pathology

Schizo means split, and phrenia, in this case refers to the mind. Even though schizophrenia can be interpreted to mean “splitting of the mind”, it does not refer to a split personality, like some media sources might portray, but rather schizophrenia describes a scattered or fragmented pattern of thinking. Schizophrenia’s actually a syndrome, meaning there’re […]

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Mental Health Matters – Coming Off Medications with Will Hall

Hi, welcome to Mental Health Matters. I�m Shannon Eliot. I recently had a chance to catch up with Will Hall at a mental health conference in Oakland. Will is a nationally recognized mental health advocate, counselor, and speaker. As a teenager, Will was a community organizer in peace, ecology, and anti-racism movements. But the trauma […]

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The Question of Fruit Flies: Researching the Genetics of Schizophrenia

>>DR KEVIN MCGHEE What do fruit flies do? People don’t associate humans with flies and there is a link through genetics – the idea of trying to join a fruit fly in your mind with schizophrenia is really quite a difficult idea to comprehend – and so you ask the question. You are slightly removed […]

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19. What Happens When Things Go Wrong: Mental Illness, Part II

Professor Paul Bloom: The final topic of the course is clinical psychology, also known as abnormal psychology or psychopathology, and this, for many of us, is what psychology is really about. It’s about mental illness. It’s about clinical psychologists. And we started talking about this when Dr. Nolen-Hoeksema gave her guest lecture last week and […]

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Patients’ own cells yield new insights into the biology of schizophrenia

The main question that we’re trying to address here in this particular set of experiments was to see if we could find and study more in detail neurons from patients that have affective disorders, in this case, Schizophrenia. We revealed that in fact the Schizophrenic’s neurons were less well connected with each other than were […]

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SECOND OPINION | MEDICAL INNOVATIONS | SCHIZOPHRENIA & THE MICROBIOME |

JULIO LICINIO, MD: Schizophrenia is a devastating illness. People begin to hallucinate. They are unable to distinguish what’s real, what’s not. It really deprives people of their humanity. The major psychiatric disorders are really very important for public health, but we really don’t understand them very well, and we don’t have very good treatments. So […]

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