Schizo

I never heard of schizophrenia until eighth grade health class.  Along with learning about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and the obligatory, highly embarrassing sex ed curriculum (from which my parents refused to excuse me, despite my entreaties), we plodded through a unit on mental health.  When we covered neuroses, I knew right off that the teacher was talking about me.  But it was the psychoses that were really scary, and I wondered whether I could secretly have one of those....more

Real Talk: On the Loss of Olympian Kamara James and Black Women's Mental Health

Just ten years ago, Olympic champion Kamara James was poised to do for the spot of epee fencing what Venus and Serena Williams accomplished for tennis: blast through the aristocratic gauze surrounding the field, color up it reputation and open up the floodgates of inner city brown kids who might popularize the sport in the general public eye....more

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AD/HD precedes symptoms of mental disorders in children

New research from Wayne State University School of Medicine indicates that attention deficits (ADD and ADHD) are central to mental disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. In fact, the attention deficits are believed to precede the manifestation of symptoms of the other illnesses....more

Screw You, Schizophrenia

Fuck You, Schizophrenia.Because I hate your very name. It's long and no one knows how to spell it. Your stupid name has replaced a perfectly lovely name. His name is "Dan" and he is my brother. Because it isn't socially acceptable to blame my parents for schizophrenia. I rather enjoyed blaming them...those were good times and you took that from me.Because you have painted your graffiti on my beautiful brother. My sweet, sensitive, handsome brother, who used to turn heads but now makes people cross to the other side of the street....more
@Kimberly S. Woo-Woo! KIMBERLY! Good to see you.more

Researchers clone human brain cells--providing hope for mental illness sufferers

Is this one step closer to cloning an actual human? Well, according to an online article in the UK's Guardian/Observer, that's not really the end point. Research for a cure is. On the top of that list, is finding out what works in curing two of the most debilitating forms of mental illness: schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. ...more

she is amazing

Major storms on and off all day today. Of course it was a day when the kids had doctor appointments an hour and a half away. I am definitely not a good bad weather driver. I get very panicky. The doctor is going to change my daughter's medication due to her extreme weight gain. This new one should help with the voices without the side affect of such an extreme weight gain. She is small, so carrying so much extra weight on her frame isn't good for her heart. She was so disapointed when he told her he can't make the voices completely go away....more

The Impossible Battle

My daughter is struggling again with the voices in her head. She says they are getting louder and she is frustrated. She is asking me to make them quiet again. It's heartbreaking. I tell her I am sorry and the doctor is doing everything he can to help her. It is so frustrating. She is otherwise a very happy child. Very simple in her needs. Very loving. I want to cure her of this. She has so much to deal with. It just doesn't seem fair. School is almost over. Hopefully a quiet summer at home with no stress will relax her....more

Living with Schizophrenia: A Misunderstood and Stigmatized Illness

“Living with Schizophrenia: A Call for Hope and Recovery” is a half-hour documentary film that tells the story of three people who are living meaningful lives with schizophrenia, a chronic and potentially disabling brain disorder.  Visit  http://www.hopeandrecoveryfilm.com/videos/trailer.swf to view the documentary trailer.  The film sets out to increase understanding and to reduce the fear and stigma often associated with this mental health condition....more

the iep is over, sigh

Well, the IEP meeting is over and done. It must have really paid off to call the director last week and to bring our in home therapists as my daughter has an awesome IEP. Very impressive. I felt mixed feelings to hear that both the teacher and sp ed teacher have both seen her talking with her voices in her head. It is a relief on the one hand that they don't doubt the diagnosis, at the same time heartbreaking that it is so apparent at the age of 9....more
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