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Violence: Side Effect of Perscription Drugs
Illegal street drugs are not the only drugs associated with violent behavior.  Various prescription drugs have been linked to violent outbursts, even homicide, by mental health patients.
Susceptibility Factor To Schizophrenia
Diagnosing schizophrenia has been difficult. A previously unidentified gene has been discovered that could lead to diagnosis prior to the onset of symptoms and could help patients and parents know if they are susceptible to this disease.
FDA Approves Drug for Schizophrenia
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug Invega to be prescribed to children. Invega is an anti-psychotic time release tablet that helps treat schizophrenia. Until now, Invega was only FDA approved to be prescribed to adults.
Violence and Bipolar Disease
Previous research argued that patients with bipolar disorder, or manic-depressive disorder, are more likely to be violent. Is this increased violence due to the bipolar disorder alone, or caused by other aspects of the individual's behavior?
Reefer Madness
Psychotic illnesses may develop earlier in those who smoke marijuana compared to those who do not smoke the plant.
Circadian Rhythm and Blues
The Scripps Research Institute has been granted over $3 million to develop molecular compounds to help fight disorders related to our body's "circadian rhythm," or internal clock.
Why Smoking Calms Schizophrenia
Smoking may actually have a positive affect on brain function in people with schizophrenia, prompting scientists to study the brain receptors influenced by nicotine.
Veterans at Risk
A new study suggests veterans with any psychiatric illness face an increased risk of suicide and those with bipolar disorder are at an even greater risk.
Violent Mood Swings?
Bipolar disorder does not increase the risk of committing violent crime in affected individuals, according to a new study from Sweden's Karolinska Institutet.