schizophrenia

Renaming schizophrenia: a Japanese perspective

This paper from Mitsumoto Sato has been published by World Psychiatry. The abstract says: “In order to contribute to reduce the stigma related to schizophrenia and to improve clinical practice in the management of the disorder, the Japanese Society of Psychiatry…
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Searching for the “Psychiatric Yeti”: Schizophrenia Is Not Genetic

This report by Peter Simons has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “The decades-long attempt to locate the gene or genes for schizophrenia has failed, according to  a new article in Psychiat r ic Research  by prominent schizophrenia researcher E. Fuller Torrey. In the article, Torrey reviews…
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Time-dependent effect of antipsychotic discontinuation and dose reduction on social functioning and subjective quality of life–a multilevel meta-analysis

This study has been published in eClinicalMedicine (part of The Lancet Discovery Science) The summary says: “Background Meta-analyses indicate superiority of antipsychotic maintenance treatment over discontinuation within up to 24 months after treatment initiation for patients with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. In terms…
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Paradoxes in a prism: Reflections on the omnipotent passivity and omniscient oblivion of schizophrenia

This article by Clara S. Humpston has been published in the journal Philosophical Psychology. The abstract says: “I reflect on what may be termed ‘omnipotent passivity and omniscient oblivion’ which are some of the key paradoxes within schizophrenia. I discuss various…
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Martin Harrow: The Galileo of Modern Psychiatry (1933 – 2023)

“I conclude that schizophrenia patients not on antipsychotic medication for a long period of time have significantly better global functioning than those on antipsychotics” This article by Robert Whitaker has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “The first time…
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Misreporting Results and Publication Bias Common in Psychiatry Research

This report by Zenobia Morrill has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “A new paper in Schizophrenia Bulletin presents evidence that publication bias and outcome reporting bias in psychiatry research are common and concerning. These biases overestimate the efficacy of psychiatric…
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Acute Religious Experiences: Madness, Psychosis and Religious Studies

This book has been written by Dr. Richard Saville-Smith. The publishers say: “This book engages the problem of how, in the 21st century, we are to speak about experiences of the extraordinary/anomalous/extreme which occur on a transhistorical and transcultural basis. Critical…
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The Schizophrenia Genetics Illusion—A Century of Failure and Hype

“As psychologist John Read has  shown , there are 15 ways that two people can meet the DSM criteria for schizophrenia without sharing any symptoms in common.” This article by Dr. Jay Joseph has been published by Mad in America. It begins:…
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Study Highlights Benefits of Non-Medical Approaches to Voice Hearing

This article by Ashley Bobak has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “New research supports a new, dialogic, non-medicalized approach to helping people who hear upsetting voices. The “ Talking with Voices ” (TwV) approach, which frames voice hearing relationally and understands…
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