Schizophrenia News

Schizophrenia is a mental illness that has the potential to be severe and disabling. People with the disease often have alarming symptoms like hearing voices and believing other people are reading their minds or plotting to harm them. Schizophrenia affects about 1 percent of Americans. It often starts in the late teenage years or early adulthood, and is seen in men and women equally.

Along with hallucinations and delusions, people with schizophrenia may also experience agitated body movements. They may show almost no emotion, either in their faces or in their manner of speaking. Many people with schizophrenia have trouble focusing and listening to instructions.

Causes of Schizophrenia

Researchers aren’t exactly sure why some people develop schizophrenia. It seems to run in families, as those with a close family member with the disease are much more likely to develop it themselves. This might be due to a genetic mutation that is passed on from parents to children. Additionally, an imbalance in the chemicals of the brain also seems to contribute to some people developing schizophrenia. This imbalance possibly includes the chemicals dopamine and glutamate, among others. In samples of brain tissues, researchers have been able to notice some subtle differences in the brains of people with and without schizophrenia.


Schizophrenia cannot be cured, but a variety of antipsychotic medications can help manage the symptoms. These medications have a number of side effects, so it’s important to work closely with a doctor to find the right medication or combination of medications. Several types of counseling and therapy also can be helpful for schizophrenia. These include psychosocial treatments, cognitive behavior therapy and self-help groups, among others.

SOURCE: U.S. National Institutes of Health

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Schizophrenia Affects Brain's Communication Network

Finding may help spur new research

Americans More Open About Mental Health Issues, But Stigma Lingers

Poll found many thought 'personal failings' were part of the cause of some conditions

Magnetic Brain Stimulation May Quiet 'Voices' in Schizophrenia

Noninvasive treatment worked for a third of patients in study, though effects were temporary

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Study finds their sons score high in intelligence and focus

'Recovery-Oriented' Talk Therapy May Help Curb Schizophrenia

Even very ill patients progressed over time, researchers report

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Rates of the disease tend to be higher in this group, researcher says

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Ills include HIV, hepatitis and the serious blood infection sepsis, study suggests

Blood Test Might Someday Distinguish Early Depression, Schizophrenia

A screen is still in development stages but could be important, especially for adolescents, experts say

Little Weight Gain in Pregnancy Tied to Schizophrenia Risk in Kids: Study

Malnutrition may cut levels of essential nutrients that prevent some mental disorders

Many With Mental Illness Miss Out on HIV Tests

Rates of infection up to 15 times higher, yet testing rates similar to those without psychiatric woes, study finds

Study Finds Genetic Link Between Sleep Problems and Obesity

Restless legs syndrome, schizophrenia also have biological ties to sleep disorders, research suggests

Can Teens' Heart Rate, Blood Pressure Show Ties to Mental Ills?

Indicators of schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety might be spotted in physical at 18

U.S. Psychiatric Patients Face Long Waits in ERs

1 in 5 emergency doctors reports waiting at least 2 days for a bed for someone who's mentally ill

Study Links Pot Use to Relapse in Psychosis Patients

But experts note effect is small, and the research isn't definitive

Siblings of Schizophrenia Patients at Greater Risk for Same Diagnosis: Study

Brothers, sisters of those with bipolar disorder also face higher odds of similar diagnosis, Israeli research suggests

Could Slight Brain Zap During Sleep Boost Memory?

Small study says yes, for a certain type of recognition

Study of Teen Brains Offers Clues to Timing of Mental Illness

Regions that undergo greatest change also where schizophrenia, depression genes are most strongly expressed

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Review of Florida patients finds 2 of 3 violent crime arrests, 1 in 3 suicides shouldn't have included firearms

Is Smoking During Pregnancy Tied to Offspring's Schizophrenia Risk?

Scientists measured evidence of exposure in the womb and found an association, but not proof

MS Patients May Be Prone to Other Chronic Illnesses, Study Finds

High blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and depression among common co-existing conditions

Schizophrenia Tied to Much Higher Risk of Suicide Attempts

Surge seen among women and people with history of drug or alcohol abuse, researchers find

Scientists Uncover Clues to Origins of Schizophrenia

Analysis found gene variant prompts too much 'pruning' in brain during teen years

Mouse Study May Offer Clues to Mysteries of Schizophrenia

Loss of certain brain cells might help explain onset of symptoms, scientists say

Drug Helps Those With Tough-to-Treat Schizophrenia: Study

Clozapine already approved for use after other antipsychotics don't work

Brain Differences May Explain Why Some With Schizophrenia Hallucinate

Researchers focus on area near the front of the brain

People With Schizophrenia Face Much Higher Risk of Early Death

Lifestyle habits such as smoking greatly up the odds for heart disease, cancer and COPD, study finds

Brain Inflammation May Be Linked to Schizophrenia

Findings raise possibility of testing, early treatment, researchers say

Aristada Approved for Schizophrenia

Long-acting drug injected every four-to-six weeks

ERs Often 'Safety Net' Care for People With Schizophrenia: CDC

Report finds more than 380,000 ER visits over 2 years for adults under 65

Vraylar Approved for Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder

Label warns against use by certain elderly

FDA Approves New Drug for Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder

Vraylar is an atypical antipsychotic taken once a day

Brain Scans May Take Guesswork Out of Schizophrenia Treatment

Goal is to help physicians make better drug choices for psychotic patients

Mixed Findings on Pot's Effect on the Developing Brain

One of two new studies suggests marijuana use in teen years might be more harmful for males

Scientists May Have Found 'Marker' for Schizophrenia

Brain changes exist before mental illness is diagnosed, researchers say

Rexulti Approved for Schizophrenia, Depression

But shouldn't be prescribed to some older people

U.S. FDA Approves New Drug for Schizophrenia, Major Depression

Medication can be used as an add-on therapy to antidepressants

Early Intervention Shows Promise in Treating Schizophrenia

Programs that emphasize resiliency, education and job support are helpful, study finds

First Generic Abilify Approved

For treatment of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia