Tag Archives: schizophrenia

THE WORST NIGHTMARE OF EVERY PARENT IN THE MAELSTROM

Kelly Thomas is my son. He is a son for all families with loved ones caught in the maw of mental illness. Last July in Fullerton, CA, police assaulted, beat, and tazed Thomas, a 37 year old homeless man with … Continue reading

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New Course at PsychOdyssey Academy: Multifamily Groups

PsychOdyssey Academy is pleased to announce a new self-study course: PsychOdyssey 360: Multifamily Groups. Multifamily group treatment (MFGT) is an evidence-based modality for helping individuals and their families navigate the maelstrom of mental illness, particularly schizophrenia. Integrating psychoeducation and behavior … Continue reading

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New Book Review (by The NY Times): Henry’s Demons

We haven’t have a chance to read the book yet, but PsychOdyssey takes note of an interesting New York Times review (February 2, 2011) of Henry’s Demons, a newly published family account of living with schizophrenia. Anglo-Irish journalist Patrick Cockburn … Continue reading

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New Article: A Retrovirus Cause of Schizophrenia?

New research suggests that the cause of schizophrenia may be a retrovirus transmitted 60 million ago that became entwined in human DNA, a dormant virus which may be set off by events like infections, pollution, smoking, and infections around the … Continue reading

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New Links to Residential Treatment Facilities

Many families of loved ones with psychiatric disabilities sooner or later consider the possibility of so-called supportive therapeutic communities as a modality within recovery. Residential treatment can be a costly option, but it can also be cost-effective especially for loved … Continue reading

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Dr. E. Fuller Torrey on California’s Mental Health Catastrophe

Leading schizophrenia expert (and controversial compulsory treatment advocate) Dr. E. Fuller Torrey addresses 100 doctors at San Francisco General Hospital about the dire, declining, and morally unacceptable conditions for some severely mentally ill in the State of California. Watch the presentation … Continue reading

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The Clubhouse Movement, on PsychOdyssey TV

One of the leading resources of psychiatric rehabilitaiton is peer support–individuals with SMIs (serious mental illness) helping each other. One of the pioneering modalities for this is the Clubhouse movement, made prominent by Fountain House in New York City, which is “dedicated … Continue reading

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Causes of Schizoprenia?

“Schizophrenia is still one of the most mysterious and costliest disorders in terms of human suffering and  societal expenditure.” Mysterious indeed! So write researchers Jim van Os and Shitij Kapur in their helpful account about the etiology of schizophrenia, which touches … Continue reading

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Devastastion, Frustration, Admiration: Fathers of children with schizophrenia

We recently discovered this exellent report of a clinical study about the experience of fathers of adult children with schizophrenia. So much of what it reports is exactly what many fathers experience. Read this and know the maelstrom especially affects fathers, who find themselves devastated … Continue reading

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