Schizophrenia is a complex illness that may partly involve your genes. But other events in your life may also play a role. Scientists are edging closer to figuring out if there are ways to lower the risk of schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia can sometimes run in families, but there isn't one specific gene
If your friend or relative with schizophrenia won't get treatment, there are steps you can take to help.
First, listen to his concerns in an open-minded, supportive way. Then talk about how treatment will help. Explain that he has an illness and it's treatable. "You'd get treatment for diabetes or h
People with schizophrenia can have a hard time telling what’s real and what’s not. They may see things that aren’t there or hold firm beliefs that fly in the face of fact. Understanding schizophrenia’s nature can help patients and their loved ones regain a sense of control.
It's crucial to recognize
You may think holding down a job is too much for someone with schizophrenia. But with treatment, many people can -- and should -- stay in the game. "People feel better about themselves if they're doing something productive," says Steven Jewell, MD, associate professor of psychiatry at Northeast Ohio
Penny Frese, PhD, was studying fine arts at Ohio University when she met her future husband. They saw each other for several months, and she noticed he avoided talking about anything personal. "We took a walk in a park, and it was toward the end of summer -- a gorgeous, beautiful day. I confronted h
March 1, 2013 -- The FDA has approved a long-acting version of the antipsychotic drug Abilify to treat adults with schizophrenia. Abilify Maintena is a freeze-dried powder reconstituted with water to form an extended-release medication that can be injected once a month, according to the manufacturer
May 15, 2012 -- Scientists have developed a test that may be able to predict who is at risk for schizophrenia, a complex mental illness that is thought to run in families. To develop the test, scientists used a new approach to identify a comprehensive group of genes most likely linked with the disea
May 2, 2012 -- More than 50 years of data show that people with schizophrenia who take antipsychotic drugs lower their risk of relapse, a new study suggests. Relapse rates were 64% in people not taking medications for schizophrenia, while they were 27% in those who were given them for at least a yea
Aug. 8, 2011 - An unlucky collection of tiny changes in the genetic code causes most cases of schizophrenia, a game-changing new study finds. These "de novo" mutations aren't passed on from parents to their children, helping to explain why so many cases of schizophrenia occur in people with no famil
June 20, 2011 -- The musty odor that has led to recalls of various Johnson & Johnson products has now struck the company's Risperdal and generic risperidone antipsychotic medication. The company is recalling some 16,000 bottles of brand-name Risperdal (3 milligram tablets) and some 24,000 bottles of