- New research suggests that maternal smoking during pregnancy may raise the risk of severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia, in offspring.
- New study says smoking marijuana doesn't trigger psychotic symptoms as much as we thought.
- Scientists say they have observed what happens as cells develop in the womb for babies who grow up to have schizophrenia.
- A chemical imbalance in the brain may contribute to schizophrenia, so targeting it might relieve symptoms.
- Playing a virtual reality game could help doctors find and treat people with schizophrenia earlier.
- Smoking a lot of cigarettes might be a way to self-medicate when you have schizophrenia.
- A large percentage of Americans are on psychiatric medications like antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills.
- The same immune system culprit that causes swelling in the brain might also be a factor in schizophrenia, giving researchers a lead on how to treat the mental illness.
- Brains with schizophrenia have a lot in common with a rusting piece of metal, MRIs show, and that could help us understand the mental illness.
- Scientists found a molecule that causes auditory hallucinations in people with schizophrenia and could use that information to better treat the mental illness.
- Diagnosing bipolar disorder can be difficult, but there are signs of the mental illness that everyone should know.
- Researchers have found that abusing marijuana raises people’s risk of developing psychosis.
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by a breakdown of thought processes and by poor emotional responsiveness. It most commonly manifests itself as auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganized speech and thinking, and it is accompanied by significant social or occupational dysfunction. Diagnosis is based on observed behavior and the patient's reported experiences.