Types Of Medication

Some people are afraid that taking a medication will change their personality, but most find that medication allows them to take charge of their lives. Medications for mental health conditions fall into the following major categories: Antipsychotics Antipsychotics developed in the mid-20th century are often referred to as first-generation or typical antipsychotics, while antipsychotics developed more … Continue reading Types Of Medication

But I Was A Victim, Right?

By Cohen Miles-Rath | Oct. 17, 2018 When you become physically ill, there is a good chance you’ll receive ‘get well’ cards, flowers or something indicating a caring community supporting you. When I became severely ill, there was little support. Other than some family and friends, barely anyone knew. It stayed quiet, shoved behind walls similar to those … Continue reading But I Was A Victim, Right?

Study Suggests Cannabis Compound Can Make Schizophrenia Medication Less Effective

Jonathon C. Arnold, Ph.D. University of Sydney, Australia 2009 Young Investigator Grant New research in mice reveals how THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, can reduce the effectiveness of risperidone, an antipsychotic drug used widely to treat people with schizophrenia. Earlier studies have suggested that cannabis use can reduce the effectiveness of antipsychotic treatments and … Continue reading Study Suggests Cannabis Compound Can Make Schizophrenia Medication Less Effective

Personal Story: Accepting My Schizophrenia Diagnosis

by Andrew Wiese My first episode of psychosis happened when I was 24 years old. I had just finished college and was making my way to New York to begin my new engineering job. Slowly my paranoia and fear that people were out to get me overtook me and in a panic, I drove to … Continue reading Personal Story: Accepting My Schizophrenia Diagnosis

Personal Story: Accepting My Schizophrenia Diagnosis

by Andrew Wiese My first episode of psychosis happened when I was 24 years old. I had just finished college and was making my way to New York to begin my new engineering job. Slowly my paranoia and fear that people were out to get me overtook me and in a panic, I drove to … Continue reading Personal Story: Accepting My Schizophrenia Diagnosis

My First Voice

By Mindy Tsai | Apr. 16, 2018 No one, including family and close friends, has ever asked me about the first time I heard a voice. I think it’s a tough topic to talk about. Hearing voices isn’t considered normal. Regardless, I remember. Some voices are more memorable than others, just like real people. On a sunny day, … Continue reading My First Voice

Personal Story: All Things Can Be Good

The voices in my head were real and kept getting louder. They were the sounds of many aliens all talking at once. Though I could not understand the words, I understood the harsh ridiculing tone in which these outer space beings spoke. The voices continued to taunt louder. Fear began to take control. Instinctively, I … Continue reading Personal Story: All Things Can Be Good

A Diagnosis Of Mental Illness Need Not End A College Career

By Marjorie Baldwin | Mar. 19, 2018 A recent survey reports that 47% of adults living with schizophrenia drop out of college, compared to the 27% college dropout rate in the U.S. overall.  Another study reports that students diagnosed with bipolar disorder are 70% more likely to drop out of college than students with no psychiatric diagnosis. My … Continue reading A Diagnosis Of Mental Illness Need Not End A College Career

Personal Story: All Things Can Be Good

The voices in my head were real and kept getting louder. They were the sounds of many aliens all talking at once. Though I could not understand the words, I understood the harsh ridiculing tone in which these outer space beings spoke. The voices continued to taunt louder. Fear began to take control. Instinctively, I … Continue reading Personal Story: All Things Can Be Good

Keys To Managing Schizophrenia

I was carving gibberish on the walls of my apartment with a knife and I thought I was made of sand. I threatened to prove this reality with the knife and began gliding a (thankfully) dull knife all over my body. …After nearly twenty years living with schizophrenia, I’d like to share a few key pieces of advice that have helped me during my recovery: