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Medications for Patients with First Episode Psychosis May Not Meet Guidelines

Researchers call for more prescriber education – NIH-funded study December 12, 2014 • Press Release Many patients with first-episode psychosis receive medications that do not comply with recommended guidelines for first-episode treatment , researchers have found. Current guidelines emphasize low doses of antipsychotic drugs and strategies for minimizing the side effects that might contribute to patients…
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Reader View: Solitary confinement cruel punishment

By Chrysa Wikstrom | Posted: Friday, December 5, 2014 9:00 pm  Reader View: Solitary confinement cruel punishment Chrysa Wikstrom Imagine yourself in a concrete cell, 6 feet by 9 feet, with no natural light, only a buzzing fluorescent above you. Now imagine living in that cell 23 hours a day, 365 days a year, for…
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Sleep Apnea & Depression

Obstructive sleep apnea treatments may reduce depressive symptoms Date: November 25, 2014 Source: PLOS Summary: Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea with continuous positive airway pressure or mandibular advancement devices can lead to modest improvements in depressive symptoms, according to a study. Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or mandibular advancement…
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Childhood Trauma & Behavior

How early trauma influences behavior Date:December 1, 2014 Source: ETH Zurich Summary: Traumatic and stressful events during childhood increase the risk to develop psychiatric disorders, but to a certain extent, they can also help better deal with difficult situations later in life. Researchers have studied this phenomenon in mice to learn how these effects could…
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Book Review: The Price of Silence…

The Price of Silence: A Mom’s Perspective on Mental Illness By Simone McKitterick, NAMI Communications Intern The Price of Silence By Liza Long Hudson Steet Press 2014 Purchase On Dec. 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and 6 staff members before taking his own life at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in…
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Appreciation & Well-being

Gratitude and Grit: How Practicing Appreciation Can Help Your Well-being By Simone McKitterick, NAMI Intern A study in the April 2013 edition of the Journal of Research in Personality examined the role of gratitude and grit in reducing suicidal thoughts in college students. Grit was defined as having long-term interests and passions and a willingness to…
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BooK Review: The Invisible Front

The War We Aren’t Trained to Fight By Joni Agronin, NAMI Communications Coordinator 11/10/2014 The Invisible Front By Yochi Dreazen Purchase A few weeks ago, I was scrolling through my Twitter feed and was really impressed by something I read. It was a tweet from the U.S. Army that said “It takes courage to seek…
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Early Intervention

Friday, November 21, 2014 Highlighting the Importance of Early Intervention By Joni Agronin, NAMI Communications Coordinator Mental illness affects young people at an alarming rate. One half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75 percent begin by age 24.  What’s even more astounding is that even after an onset…
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Caregivers Are at the Breaking Point

Susan Inman, author, After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity Caregivers for People With Schizophrenia Are at the Breaking Point Posted: 11/16/2014 11:24 pm EST. Updated: 11/16/2014 11:59 pm EST A landmark international survey has concluded that families caring for people with schizophrenia are at a breaking point. The ongoing survey is…
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Actor Steven Frye

British actor Steven Frye has suffered from debilitating bipolar disorder for many years. Now he talks about it.