Schizophrenia Is Actually Eight Distinct Genetic Disorders

New research published in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests that schizophrenia is not a single disease, but rather a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each of them with its own set of symptoms. The finding could result in improved diagnosis and treatment, while also shedding light on how genes… » 9/15/14 11:11am Monday 11:11am

I’m Elyn Saks and this is what it’s like to live with schizophrenia

Elyn Saks first started noticing that something was wrong when she was 16. One day, and without reason, she suddenly left her classroom and started walking home. It turned into an agonizing journey in which she believed all the houses in her neighborhood were transmitting hostile and insulting messages directly into… » 2/13/13 10:13am 2/13/13 10:13am

What can we possibly learn from analyzing the Newtown gunman's DNA?

For the first time ever, researchers will conduct a detailed study of the DNA of a mass killer. By taking a closer look at Adam Lanza's genomic data, scientists are hoping to discover the potential biological underpinnings for extreme violence. But given the diverse nature of mental illness and the complex interplay… » 12/26/12 10:22am 12/26/12 10:22am

Why are schizophrenics starting to respond better to placebos?

Studies of drugs that treat schizophrenia, what are also known as antipsychotics, are having fewer effects over time — and it's not because these drugs are becoming any less effective. Rather it's because patients are responding better to placebos – and it's not immediately obvious why this is happening. » 6/22/12 5:00pm 6/22/12 5:00pm

Man with schizophrenia has out-of-body experience in lab, gains…

RM had his first out-of-body experience at the age of 16. Now, at the age of 55, he has had more than he can count. They usually happen just before he falls asleep; for ten minutes, he feels like he is floating above his body, looking down on himself. If the same thing happens when he's awake, it's a far less tranquil… » 11/06/11 2:15pm 11/06/11 2:15pm