By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- One of the largest studies ever conducted into the genetic origins of a psychiatric disorder has uncovered 83 new sites on chromosomes that harbor inherited genes tied to schizophrenia. The findings, made by an in
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
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 you or a loved one is being treated for schizophrenia, you may be hesitant to tell others about the condition. But explaining the illness to friends and family is an important step on the way to setting up a support network. Here are some tips to help get that conversation going.
There are a lot
People with schizophrenia often stop taking their meds, but there are steps you can take to help your loved one stick to a treatment plan. Keeping up with medication is important. Without medication, your loved one is at risk for a relapse.
Educate yourself. Patients often need family support to sta
If you're getting treated for schizophrenia, take good care of yourself to live a fuller, more satisfying life. "You can increase your confidence and energy, reduce disorganized thoughts, and even become more involved in social activities," says Jacqueline Simon Gunn, PsyD, a New York City psycholo
When a loved one's health needs are so significant, it might seem selfish to focus on your own needs. But taking care of yourself is a vital part of taking care of others. You are no good to your loved one if you're stressed out, burned out, and worn out. "Caregivers often feel that they need to do
Schizophrenia is a complex condition that still carries a lot of confusion and stigma. If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed, you'll want to learn more about treatments that can control symptoms. WebMD asked psychiatrist Crystal C. Watkins, MD, PhD, assistant professor at the Johns Hopki
If you're living with schizophrenia, it's important to reach out to a support network that you can rely on for help. Even if taking that first step is hard, it pays off. "We know that people are healthiest when they are in relationships. The very nature of serious mental illness isolates people. So
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