Utter the phrase “mental illness” and for most people, schizophrenia is the disorder that comes most readily to mind. While the disease is widely known and mental health professionals are beginning to understand some of its contributing factors, the underlying causes of the disease are yet to be completely uncovered. Among the general population, schizophrenia is often regarded as a slightly “taboo” topic, with scientific research usually being blended with myth, hearsay and personal opinion. The infographic below will present a few facts on schizophrenia and help to clarify this popular, though often misunderstood mental disorder. Continue reading
With the most recent schizophrenia/psychosis recovery research, we discover increasing evidence that psychosis is not caused by a disease of the brain, but is perhaps best described as being a last ditch strategy of a desperate psyche to transcend an intolerable situation or dilemma. To better understand how this conclusion which is so contrary to the widespread understanding of psychosis has come about, it will help if we break down this discussion into a short series of questions and answers.
What? Schizophrenia may not be caused by a brain disease?
The emerging recovery research and continuous lack of substantiation of any of the various brain disease hypotheses have cast serious doubts about the validity of the brain disease theory Continue reading
In spite of over a hundred years of research and many billions of dollars spent, we still have no clear evidence that schizophrenia and other related psychotic disorders are the result of a diseased brain. Continue reading
A study compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has found that adults who have experienced mental illness in the previous year were more likely to suffer from certain physical illnesses than those who maintained good mental health. Conditions such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes had increased rates of occurrence in individuals who experienced mental disorders or major depressive episodes in the past year.
Of those who reported any kind of mental illness, 21.9% had high blood pressure compared to 18.3% of persons who reported no mental health problems. Asthma also increased significantly from 10.6% (with good mental health) to 15.7% (with poor mental health). Continue reading