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15 Oct

Schizophrenia and IQ

Recent, while talking to a young client, who is diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, they reported noticeable changes in their memory and ability to read/fill out necessary paperwork (e.g. legal, housing, doctor’s forms).  This particular client observed a decline in their memory and reading comprehension over the past several years, shortly after receiving their schizoaffective diagnosis.  […]

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01 Oct

This is your brain on Psychosis: New findings show how it spreads throughout the Brain

Did you know that science can tell us more about outer space than it can about the deepest parts of our world’s oceans? In much the same way, we may think we know everything about the human brain, but it seems there’s even more to be learned, especially when it comesto psychosis. Scientists at Monash […]

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31 Aug

“They looked at me like I was crazy”: How one woman’s journey with Psychosis led to a ground-breaking Student Organization

“I really will not rest until anyone who has schizophrenia, anywhere, worldwide, is not afraid to say the words ‘I have schizophrenia’.” – Ceclilia McGough In early 2014, Cecilia McGough was a Freshman at Penn State University when she began struggling with psychosis. Though her PSU career would include such achievements as helping discover a […]

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01 Aug

Could your Depression really be Dysthymia?

Think back to a time when you felt really great and really happy. If you have episodes of Depression, the answer might be a few months or years ago. If you have a condition called Dysthymia, the answer might sound more like “I’m not sure I’ve ever felt really happy”. For those with Dysthymia, “it’s […]

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09 Jul

Do some people just “get over” Psychosis?

Part of the difficulty that comes with facing psychosis is not knowing when life will feel “normal” again. You might wonder if you’ll always having moments where your reality shifts and if your voices will stay with you or fade over time. Psychology Today wondered the same thing this month, asking “Who Recovers from Psychosis? […]

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01 Jul

Viewers making connections between Stranger Things and Mental Health

This summer has seen a resurgence for 80’s music sensation Kate Bush. It’s thanks in no small part to her song, “Running up that Hill (A Deal with God)” which features prominently in the Netflix show, Stranger Things. In the show’s fourth season, high school freshman Max is dealing with grief and post-traumatic stress from […]

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17 Jun

Marvel’s Moon Knight is a Study in Mental Health Heroism

**Warning: this post contains spoilers for the Disney+ program, Marvel’s Moon Knight** In the Disney+ series Marvel’s Moon Knight, London museum worker Steven Grant seems to be having some serious sleep issues. He often wakes up in places he couldn’t possibly have traveled to in his sleep – like the Austrian Alps- and has blackouts […]

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01 Jun

Are voice hearers dangerous? Media often to blame for misconceptions about psychosis and violence

“An inquiry has been commissioned after a man with paranoid schizophrenia who had lost touch with mental health services killed a stranger in a holiday town with a throwing knife.” This was a headline in 2019 from a newspaper in the United Kingdom. In the incident the man had stopped taking medication for paranoid schizophrenia […]

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02 May

What is Histrionic Personality Disorder?

If you’ve been paying even minor attention to the news or social media this month, chances are good you’ve come across the high-profile defamation case between actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. While it’s hard to know exactly what went on between Depp and Heard during the course of their marriage, a clinical psychologist was […]

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20 Apr

More than a Mood Swing: Late-onset Psychosis in Women

It’s no secret that this blog is devoted to first episode psychosis- “first” typically meaning early in life. However, experiencing psychosis isn’t limited just to a specific age range. It’s also possible to experience what’s known as late-onset psychosis, which can occur between the ages of 40 and 60. In women, late-onset psychosis happens almost […]

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