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# Schizophrenia

Last year
# Research
Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder 'may be detectable years before illnesses begin'
A new study led by UCD suggests the possibility of earlier intervention and even prevention of the illnesses.
All time
# Health Research Board
A third of children admitted to psychiatric units in 2018 had depression
Depressive disorders were the most common diagnoses recorded for all admissions, accounting for 24%.
Column: 'I hate mental health being used in the media as an explanation for crime'
Psychosis is a distressing difficulty in which thoughts and emotions make it hard to determine what is reality and what is not. #StillJustMe is an anti-stigma campaign launched in 2017 by St Patrick’s Mental Health Services.
Column: 'I live with schizophrenia without taking any medication, but I'm an exception'
People who are on medication for any kind of mental health problem, don’t take meds because they want to, they take them because they have to, writes Nicola Hynds.
# Research
Marijuana 'eases chronic pain, but may increase risk of schizophrenia'
A US study has found that cannabis almost certainly reduces chronic pain and eases nausea from chemotherapy.
# Dún Laoghaire
Man accused of stabbing mother to death was 'unable to refrain from his actions'
Fionn Braidwood is charged with murdering his mother Jane Braidwood on 20 January 2015.
# Courts
Woman guilty of child abduction escapes jail but told to stay away from childcare facilities and schools
She was given an 18-month suspended sentence.
Schizophrenia is not a split personality - there are four main symptoms
Such phrases mean people with mental illnesses are less likely to seek the help they need, writes Stephen McWilliams.
What it’s like to have schizophrenia: an anonymous story
I’ve been dealing with schizophrenia for as long as I can remember, but was never correctly medicated for it until seven months ago.
'The young man I saw in my outpatient department recently had changed his life around'
People can – and do – recover from psychotic episodes, but widespread stigma intensifies the sense of panic and isolation that sufferers experience.
# Mental Health
Here’s how many people were admitted to psychiatric units in Ireland last year
The Health Research Board released the figures today.
Opinion: The reality of mental illness doesn't fit into a sanitised sound bite
Although clearly well-intentioned, the irony is that in order to reduce perceived stigma the media has given us a palatable portrayal of mental illness.
# adverse outcomes
Rise in crime and premature death among those with schizophrenia in past 30 years - study
Researchers have also highlighted a potential link between this rise in adverse outcomes and a fall in levels of inpatient care.
# Research
Tell-tale signs of psychotic disorders found in IQ and memory tests
The study assessed performance on a number of cognitive functions known to be affected in psychosis.
# Health
Autism and schizophrenia may be caused by the same mutations
That’s the finding of a research group at Trinity College.
# Health
Community-based schizophrenia treatment in low income countries better than facility care
A study looking at India found those that had community care had reduced psychotic symptoms.
# sitdown sunday
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.
# Courts
Trial begins of man accused of beheading British grandmother in Tenerife
The 29-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to repeatedly stabbing and then beheading Jennifer Mills-Westley in a shop on the Spanish holiday island.
# Arizona
Jared Lee Loughner pleads guilty to Arizona shooting rampage
Loughner, 23, has pleaded guilty to killing six people and wounding 13 others, including then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
# Canada
Man who beheaded Canadian bus passenger believed victim was an alien
A man found responsible for brutally attacking and killing a fellow bus passenger in Canada four years ago has revealed in an interview that he believed he was conducting god’s work.
# Health
Cannabis use by adolescents hits brain areas associated with schizophrenia
Research at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland found that cannabis use makes physical changes to parts of the brain when smoked by adolescents.
# Mental Health
Rise in first-time admissions to Irish psychiatric units
The 18–19 year age group represented the highest rate of first-time admissions to mental health facilities during 2009 – 2010.