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Understanding and Managing Psychosis in Late Life

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - With the aging of the baby boomers, the number of people in the United States older than 65 is projected to double from about 35 million today to nearly 70 million by 2030. There will be a disproportionately greater increase in the number of elderly Americans who suffer from a mental illness--from approximately 6 million today to about 15 million by 2030 (Jeste et al., 1999a). Younger adults who have a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, currently have a… Continue

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Addressing Challenges and Opportunities for Better Outcomes

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - The field of schizophrenia research recently has seen remarkable progress in the understanding and treatment of this disabling condition, and this special report reflects such progress. Leading academic clinicians provide comprehensive overviews of the present state of knowledge on key aspects of the detection, course and treatment of schizophrenia.



Addressing the course of schizophrenia in late life, Dilip V. Jeste, M.D., and Elizabeth W. Twamley, Ph.D.,… Continue

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Brain Mapping in Adolescents With Very Early Onset Schizophrenia

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Schizophrenia is a devastating psychiatric disorder that affects 1% of the population worldwide. Patients often suffer their first psychotic outbreak in their late teens or early 20s. Despite advances in neuroleptic drugs, many patients' symptoms remain refractory to treatment, with recurrent episodes of auditory and visual hallucinations, bizarre delusions, depression, and social withdrawal that can last an entire lifetime. Neuroimaging studies now suggest that… Continue

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Diabetes and Mental Illness: Factors to Keep in Mind

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Persons with severe mental illnesses (SMI), such as schizophrenia, are at increased risk for comorbid conditions- including type 2 diabetes-independent of therapy. SMI sufferers especially at risk for type 2 diabetes are women, African Americans, and persons older than 45 years. Among the possible causes of increased susceptibility to type 2 diabetes are such schizophrenia-associated conditions as impaired glucose tolerance, overweight, obesity, inadequate nutrition, lack… Continue

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