Schizophrenia

People suffering from schizophrenia experience a mental disorder that affects their ability to determine what is real. Common symptoms include unclear, confused thinking or believing in something that is false, hallucinations, hearing voices that no one else hears, and other abnormal and unstable patterns of behaviour. Schizophrenia can affect a person’s overall thoughts, behaviour, well-being, work-home-family life and interpersonal relationships. Are you questioning if your own behaviour, or that of a child, friend, or family member, resembles the symptoms of schizophrenia? Are you looking for information, resources, or professionals to help you diagnose schizophrenia or form a treatment plan? For information, guidance, or community support to help you face challenges brought on by schizophrenia, see the information below.

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Diagnosis: Schizophrenia

A Comprehensive Resource for Consumers, Families, and Helping Professionals

In this book, thirty-five young, recently diagnosed patients speak about schizophrenia and the process of recovery, while two specialists illuminate the medical science, psychoeducation, and therapeutic needs of those coping with the illness, as well as access to medical benefits and community resources. A remarkably inclusive guide, the volume informs patients, families, friends, and professionals, detailing the possible causes of schizophrenia, medications and side effects, the functioning of the brain, and the value of rehabilitation and other services. In their dialogues, participants confront shame, stigma, substance use, and relapse issues and the necessity of healthy eating, safe sex practices, and coping skills during recovery. Clinicians elaborate on the symptoms of schizophrenia, such as violent and suicidal thoughts, delusions, hallucinations, memory and concentration problems, trouble getting motivated or organized, and anxiety and mood disorders. Adopting an uplifting tone of manageability, the participants, authors, and clinicians of this volume offer more than advice--they prescribe hope.

Schizophrenia

A Scientific Delusion?

First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Schizophrenia

Cognitive Theory, Research, and Therapy

From Aaron T. Beck and colleagues, this is the definitive work on the cognitive model of schizophrenia and its treatment. The volume integrates cognitive-behavioral and biological knowledge into a comprehensive conceptual framework. It examines the origins, development, and maintenance of key symptom areas: delusions, hallucinations, negative symptoms, and formal thought disorder. Treatment chapters then offer concrete guidance for addressing each type of symptom, complete with case examples and session outlines. Anyone who treats or studies serious mental illness will find a new level of understanding together with theoretically and empirically grounded clinical techniques.

Schizophrenia

A Brother Finds Answers in Biological Science

With the author’s intimate knowledge of the suffering caused by this disease, Schizophrenia emphasizes research strategies, the importance of sound scientific approaches, and the challenges that remain.

My Schizophrenic Life

The Road to Recovery from Mental Illness

Vancouver artist Sandra Yuen MacKay has an abnormality of the brain - a disease called schizophrenia. As she says, "my life is schizophrenic because I have schizophrenia. It will always be there." Much of her life has been a struggle to cope with the symptoms of her disease and the side effects of the medications required to keep those symptoms in check. Early in her life, Sandra started to exhibit the typical symptoms of this disease which came as a surprise to her unsuspecting family. Her book chronicles her struggles, hospitalizations, encounters with professionals, return to school, eventual marriage, and success as an artist, writer and advocate. "Remarkably compelling...the book takes on a life if its own...a gripping narrative" Library Journal "There are precious few people who have experienced psychosis and can convey it accurately, clearly, and concisely. Sandra MacKay's story is an important one for all of us in the mental health field --doctors, patients, and their families. It is imperative that we take in the lessons she is imparting to us all, on how to manage, and in many ways, triumph, over chronic mental illness." Julie Holland, MD author, Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych ER., New York city

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is one of the most complex and puzzling diseases to affect mankind. It is the most common of the severe mental illnesses (psychoses) with an estimated prevalence of 0.5 - 1% in the general population and accounts for a very large portion of the day to day workload of the average psychiatrist. 50% of long-term psychiatric patients in mental hospitals are schizophrenic. There is a great deal of controversy about the causes, diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia with the consequence that a huge amount of research is carried out in the field by psychiatrists, psychologists, neuroscientists and pharmacologists. For the average practising psychiatrist seeing schizophrenics on a regular basis, making sense of the vast body of information on the subject and filtering out what is of clinical relevance can be very difficult. There is a constant stream of new drugs emerging and the newer generation of drugs (the so-called atypicals) is very effective, but often expensive. The Editors (one American and one British) are both highly respected clinical psychiatrists who are probably the leading experts on schizophrenia from their respective countries and jointly have published almost 150 papers on the subject. They have brought together a strong group of contributors from the USA, UK and Europe to produce what will be an essential reference for the trainee and practising psychiatrist. The book consists of four sections; descriptive aspects, causative aspects, physical treatments and psychological/behavioural/social treatments. There will be discussion of the theoretical controversies over symptomatology, classification and aetiology, the relationship of schizophrenia to the other psychoses, the significance of positive and negative symptoms and pre-morbid personality. There will be chapters on organic models of schiziophrenia, neurodevelopmental, genetic and structural studies and the role of high-expressed emotion. The final section will cover social and environmental treatment, the role of the families of schizophrenics and the psychoanalytical therapies. There is a new chapter on the patient's perspective written by a former patient.

First Episode Psychosis

The new edition of this popular handbook has been thoroughly updated to include the latest data concerning treatment of first-episode patients. Drawing from their experience, the authors discuss the presentation and assessment of the first psychotic episode and review the appropriate use of antipsychotic agents and psychosocial approaches in effective management.

Living with Schizophrenia

A Family Guide to Making a Difference

An estimated 51 million people worldwide have schizophrenia, 2.2 million of them in the United States. While early diagnosis and appropriate treatment improve the long-term prognosis, schizophrenia is a disease that is difficult to manage. In Living with Schizophrenia, Drs. Jeffrey Rado and Philip G. Janicak, specialists in treating people who have schizophrenia, offer an easy-to-read primer for people with the disorder, along with their families and other caregivers. Drawing on their combined sixty years of clinical and research experience, Drs. Rado and Janicak · define schizophrenia and explain what is known about its causes· discuss the difference between negative symptoms (such as lack of emotion and social withdrawal) and positive symptoms (such as hallucinations, delusions, and thought disorders)· describe medication and psychosocial and behavioral treatments—and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment for better long-term outcomes· explain what people with schizophrenia and their families can do to help keep the person well· explore how schizophrenia affects the entire family· detail medical conditions that people with schizophrenia are more likely than other people to have—including heart disease, obesity, and diabetes · offer key takeaway points for every topic Designed for the lay reader and based on the most recent medical literature, Living with Schizophrenia offers information and understanding to help people coping with this often misunderstood disorder to best achieve recovery and healing.

Saints, Scholars, and Schizophrenics

Mental Illness in Rural Ireland, Twentieth Anniversary Edition, Updated and Expanded

"Saints, Scholars, and Schizophrenics, in its original form--now integrally reproduced in the new edition--is a most important seminal study of an Irish community."—Conor Cruise O'Brien

The Neurobiology of Schizophrenia

The Neurobiology of Schizophrenia begins with an overview of the various facets and levels of schizophrenia pathophysiology, ranging systematically from its genetic basis over changes in neurochemistry and electrophysiology to a systemic neural circuits level. When possible, the editors point out connections between the various systems. The editors also depict methods and research strategies used in the respective field. The individual backgrounds of the two editors promote a synthesis between basic neuroscience and clinical relevance. Provides a comprehensive overview of neurobiological aspects of schizophrenia Discusses schizophrenia at behavioral, cognitive, clinical, electrophysiological, molecular, and genetic levels Edited by a translational researcher and a psychiatrist to promote synthesis between basic neuroscience and clinical relevance Elucidates connections between the various systems depicted, when possible

The Protest Psychosis

How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease

A powerful account of how cultural anxieties about race shaped American notions of mental illness The civil rights era is largely remembered as a time of sit-ins, boycotts, and riots. But a very different civil rights history evolved at the Ionia State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Ionia, Michigan. In The Protest Psychosis, psychiatrist and cultural critic Jonathan Metzl tells the shocking story of how schizophrenia became the diagnostic term overwhelmingly applied to African American protesters at Ionia—for political reasons as well as clinical ones. Expertly sifting through a vast array of cultural documents, Metzl shows how associations between schizophrenia and blackness emerged during the tumultuous decades of the 1960s and 1970s—and he provides a cautionary tale of how anxieties about race continue to impact doctor-patient interactions in our seemingly postracial America. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Complex Connection between Cannabis and Schizophrenia

The Complex Connections between Cannabis and Schizophrenia provides an in-depth overview of the current state of research into the role that cannabis plays in schizophrenia, covering both the pathophysiological and the pharmacological implications. It addresses the epidemiology of cannabis use and the risks associated with its use, the biological aspects of the drug, its effects on the brain and the pharmacological possibilities of using cannabidiol to treat schizophrenia. It is the only book on the market devoted exclusively to examining the links between this very commonly used (and misused) drug and a specific set of devastating psychiatric illnesses, providing a comprehensive guide to our current understandings of this relationship. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug globally, and is becoming increasingly decriminalized and even legalized worldwide. Among the numerous mental-health concerns related to the drug, there is mounting evidence of an intricate link between cannabis use and schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders. At the same time, there is promising evidence to suggest that cannabidiol, one of the many compounds found in cannabis that activates the brain’s cannabinoid receptors, could prove to be an effective antipsychotic to treat schizophrenia. Synthesizes existing knowledge about the confusing, but crucial, relationship between cannabis use and schizophrenia symptoms Provides a comprehensive overview of the neurobiological mechanisms of cannabis use and its effects on the brain, including an exploration of the endocannabinoid system Examines the promising evidence suggesting cannabidiol as an effective antipsychotic treatment for schizophrenia Aids readers studying the neurobiological underpinning of cannabis addiction and psychosis in determining directions for their own future research

Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia - Cottage Studio - 70 James St

A Consumer Art Program that promotes mental health and the artistic realization of its members.This program is offered through Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia (HPS) and is open to anyone with a mental health diagnosis.

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario - Burlington Support Group - Halton Peel Regional Office - Mailing Address

Helps members understand psychosis and schizophrenia as an illness, to be more aware of available facilities in the community, to keep abreast of research progress and to create public awareness.

Major services:
IDEAS Group
* a confidential small group meeting held monthly offering support to families who are caring for a loved one who has schizophrenia * speaker presents on a topic and then there is sharing between family members in a confidential setting

Education
* Strengthening Families Together 4-week course
* presentations in the community
* the Regional Office offers educational courses, public forums on various topics to do with mental health as well as related workshops

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario - Oakville Office

Offers family support and education to families and friends of those living with schizophrenia in the community

Services include:
  • confidential small group meetings (group called IDEAS) held monthly offering support for families who are caring for a loved one who has a serious mental illness * held in Burlington
  • 4-week course called Strengthening Families Together (developed by the Schizophrenia Society of Canada) for families of individuals with a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia
  • discusses clinical treatment, provides information about the illness, and teaches skills that family members need to cope more effectively
  • public forums with guest speakers providing support and education for families of those with schizophrenia
  • advocacy in the community for services required by people with schizophrenia to live in the community
  • public awareness and education
  • raising funds for research into a cause and cure for schizophrenia
  • holds the annual Peace of Minds Walk in May and an annual Peace of Minds Yogathon in February

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario - Hamilton / Niagara Region

Mission is to improve the quality of life for families affected by mental illness. Family is defined by caring relationships between people with schizophrenia, relatives, friends, and other individuals in a supportive capacity.
Offers a free monthly IDEAS Family Support Group highlighting Information, Decision Making, Empowerment, Advocacy, and Support with guest speakers, and speakers with lived experience. Includes topics such as Effective Communication Strategies, Relapse Prevention, and Henson Trusts.


Schizophrenia Society of Ontario - Oakville Office

Offers family support and education to families and friends of those living with schizophrenia in the community

Services include:
  • confidential small group meetings (group called IDEAS) held monthly offering support for families who are caring for a loved one who has a serious mental illness * held in Burlington
  • 4-week course called Strengthening Families Together (developed by the Schizophrenia Society of Canada) for families of individuals with a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia
  • discusses clinical treatment, provides information about the illness, and teaches skills that family members need to cope more effectively
  • public forums with guest speakers providing support and education for families of those with schizophrenia
  • advocacy in the community for services required by people with schizophrenia to live in the community
  • public awareness and education
  • raising funds for research into a cause and cure for schizophrenia
  • holds the annual Peace of Minds Walk in May and an annual Peace of Minds Yogathon in February

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Family Education Program for Schizophrenia - West 5th Campus, Level 2, Block D

Provides information about schizophrenia, problem-solving techniques, crisis, and communication skills. Also provides family members with the opportunity to develop emotional and social support outside the immediate family. Part of the Centralized Rehabilitation Resource Clinic of the Schizophrenia & Community Integration Service (SCIS).

Intensive Case Management Access Coordination

Provides a single point of access to mental health intensive case management services provided by Canadian Mental Health Association, City of Hamilton Mental Health and Outreach Team (Community Mental Health Promotion Program), Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia (HPS), and Hamilton Mental Health Outreach.

Adelaide's Residence

Rest and retirement home (subsidized). The capacity of this residence is 32 guests: 24 subsidized and 8 private. Residence provides a safe environment for people with disabilities eg.- schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, ABI, developmental disabilities, depression.

Adelaide's Residence

Rest and retirement home (subsidized). The capacity of this residence is 32 guests: 24 subsidized and 8 private. Residence provides a safe environment for people with disabilities eg.- schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, ABI, developmental disabilities, depression.

Summit Housing and Outreach Programs - Mental Health Supportive Housing and Outreach Programs, Burlington Office - Burlington Office

Provides supportive housing and outreach case management services throughout Halton for people diagnosed with a serious mental illness * services are based on a flexible, rehabilitative model of support and are tailored to meet the varied needs of the people

Programs include:
Halton HOMES Program
provides affordable housing and supports for adults who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless

Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT)
* for clients with severe and persistent mental illness, with priority given to people with schizophrenia, other psychotic disorders and with bipolar disorder

Outreach case management/support service
* for clients 18 years of age or older with a diagnosed mental illness living in the community

Core supportive housing program
* provides safe, secure, affordable, and decent accommodation in a variety of settings
* rent-geared-to-income housing

Volunteer program

Justice Supportive Housing Program
* provides affordable accommodation and flexible supports for people with serious mental illness who have come into conflict with the criminal justice system

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Homes for Special Care (HSC) - West 5th Campus, Level 1, Block D

Assists people to explore and fulfill life expectations beyond psychiatric stabilization and health maintenance using a "partners in well-being" approach. Oversees 9 independently-owned residential homes in urban and rural settings and operates day programs in 2 skills centres as a provider within the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care residential care program for adults with serious mental illnesses. Part of the Schizophrenia & Community Integration Service.

Skills Centre programs are developed according to requests and/or needs identified by participants and may be prevocational, avocational, or related to life skills, or recreational social activity. Helps participants acquire transferable skills, achieve optimum level of functioning and well-being, and integrate into community.

Halton Healthcare - Mental Health - Phoenix Program Early Intervention Service for Psychosis - Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

The Mental Health outpatient, community based program for Halton residents experiencing early stages of psychosis * clinical partnership between Halton Healthcare, Joseph Brant Hospital, North Halton Mental Health Clinic, ADAPT and the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario


Services include:
  • rapid psychiatric assessment
  • treatment based on individual concerns/goals including education about psychosis
  • assistance with work, school, social and leisure activities
  • specialized support to family and friends
  • addictions counselling
  • peer support
  • community program referral and illness management instruction after discharge