Schizophrenia – FPN

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Mental Health Information
February 2015 - Vol. 19 Issue 2
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1. NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH (NIMH)
What Is Schizophrenia?
About 1% of Americans have this illness. Schizophrenia affects men and women equally. It occurs at similar rates in all ethnic groups around the world. Symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions usually start between ages 16 and 30.

2. INNOVATIONS IN CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCE
Assessment of Everyday Functioning in Schizophrenia
Clinicians who are assessing deficits in cognition and everyday functioning need to consider the source of the information obtained before making treatment and placement decisions.

3. MEDSCAPE
Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia
Childhood-onset schizophrenia is a severe form of psychotic disorder that occurs at age 12 years or younger and is often chronic and persistently debilitating. (Complimentary registration required.)

4. COUNSELING TODAY
What Counselors Need to Know About Schizophrenia
Counselors, as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team of helping professionals, can play a critical role in the lives of people diagnosed with schizophrenia.

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5. E-MEDICINE
Schizoaffective Disorder
Schizoaffective disorder is a perplexing mental illness that has both features of schizophrenia and features of a mood disorder. The coupling of symptoms from these divergent conditions makes diagnosing and treating schizoaffective patients difficult.

6. PSYCHIATRY ONLINE
Overdiagnosis of Schizophrenia Said to Be Persistent Among Black Patients
Cultural mistrust, or a “healthy paranoia,” may be related to the overdiagnosis of schizophrenia among African Americans.

7. MEDSCAPE
Motivational Interviewing of People With Schizophrenia
Effective treatment for people with schizophrenia combines medication management with psychiatric rehabilitation strategies. Proponents of psychiatric rehabilitation believe that effective services of any kind begin with an assessment of the person's goals. (Complimentary registration required.)

8. COUNSELING TODAY
Inviting Families Into the Support Circle
Many family members find themselves cut out of treatment plans, particularly if the diagnosed individual is an adult. As a result, the families of those who are mentally ill may feel isolated and alone as they struggle to make sense of the changes.

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9. AMERICAN FAMILY PHYSICIAN
Schizophrenia (Maintenance Treatment)
One in 100 persons will develop schizophrenia; about 75 percent of persons have relapses and continued disability, and one third fail to respond to standard treatment.

10. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY
Looking Schizophrenia in the Eye
Schizophrenia and other serious psychiatric disorders gained resources and enhanced validity, as well as some reduction in stigma, when they were acknowledged to be brain disorders. Perhaps the next era in psychiatry must approach schizophrenia as a systemic disease that first presents as altered behavior rather than as a brain disease per se.


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