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How Games, TV and Film Get Schizophrenia Wrong

Mental health often gets a bad reputation from the media. When I was diagnosed with schizophrenia, I had no idea how misrepresented and misunderstood the condition really was. The symptoms of schizophrenia are exaggerated to an extreme degree in movies and shows alike. The portrayal of schizophrenics as violent killers is incredibly damaging to people […]

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People With Schizophrenia Are Using Brain Training Games to Help Their Symptoms

Brain training games may be of questionable benefit in many cases, but the science is clearer for people with schizophrenia. Certain cognitive impairments that can be particularly troublesome respond well to specially-designed brain training programs, according to the limited research we have available. Episodic memory is one area that researchers have been able to observe […]

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Brain Training App ‘Peak’ Includes a Game for People With Schizophrenia

Setting aside the issue of whether brain training games are effective at improving your cognition or intelligence (a questionable assertion, at best), there is at least one good reason to take a look at popular brain training app Peak. Tucked away behind all the personal assessments, metrics and premium plan pitches is a game called […]

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Report Finds that Stigma is Still a Serious Problem

Image credit: Matthew Wiebe With a new depression or anxiety awareness campaign cropping up on a near-daily basis, it’s tempting to believe that we’re all well and truly aware. So the stigma surrounding mental health issues must be on its way out, right? Not quite. According to a new report from the U.S. National Academies […]

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Schizophrenia and the Stigma We Ignore

We talk a lot about the stigma of mental illness these days, and not just here–not a day goes by without some new effort to raise awareness of depression or anxiety, issues that are relatively common and usually entirely treatable. But those are not the only mental health issues around, and the fight against stigma […]

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Upcoming App Makes Quitting Easier for Smokers with Severe Mental Health Issues

  In 2014, a CDC survey found that about 17 percent of Americans smoke tobacco. For people with schizophrenia, that number is much higher – at least 60 percent according to most studies, and possibly as high as 88 percent. That’s quite the gap. Given those numbers, it’s not surprising that people with schizophrenia are […]

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Science gets closer to understanding schizophrenia

Schizophrenia has long been considered a mystery by much of the mental health community – a complex psychiatric disorder that is caused by biological processes we don’t yet understand. That mystery has made treating schizophrenia more difficult than, say, major depression: we know how serotonin works, and how we increase its levels in the human […]

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