Category Archives: Schizophrenia


Childhood Maltreatment and Schizophrenia Risk: A Review of the Studies

One of the (two) main primary environmental risk factors that raise a genetically vulnerable teenager’s risk for developing schizophrenia (in addition to cannabis use) is the experience of childhood sexual or physical abuse.  A new meta-study looked at 27,000 previous … Continue reading


Join me for “Recovery is Real” Conference on Treating Early Psychosis, for parents and practitioners

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SAVE THE DATE • Be in San Francisco on June 8, 2012  for: Recovery is Real: An Innovative Approach to Treatment of Early Psychosis I’ll be one of the keynote speakers for this conference designed for family members, researchers, and … Continue reading


Children at risk for schizophrenia show disordered brain networks Wayne State finds

This is the kind of study that underscores what psychiatric epidemiology already tells us:  family history is the best predictor of risk for mental disorders. The details however are fascinating. To investigate brain networks, the researchers applied advanced analyses techniques … Continue reading

When Mental Illness is a Family Affair: Q&A with Victoria Costello | World of Psychology

Q: In your book you mention the early signs of mental illness that you missed in your son Alex. Even as a baby, you write that he seemed different. What signs can parents watch for?

A: Some of the early signs resemble those linked to autism, for which parents are already told to monitor their toddlers and preschool children. Newer research is now establishing the existence of signals that can indicate a higher risk for schizophrenia — particularly if the child also has a family history of a psychotic illness such as schizophrenia and some types of bipolar disorder or suicide.

Some developmental signs include sitting, walking and talking later. The child may also have a preference for solitary play at 4 — usually a very sociable age — something that was very true of Alex.

In an older child, social withdrawal, anxiety, antisocial behavior and acts of self-harm are also associated with a higher risk.

There are also risk factors for schizophrenia in genetically vulnerable children over which parents can have at least some control, such as maternal malnutrition and depression; bullying and child maltreatment; and cannabis smoking by adolescents. No one or two of these signs should be seen as red flags. Only in combination do they merit parental concern.

READ the full interview on Psych Central:

via When Mental Illness is a Family Affair: Q&A with Victoria Costello | World of Psychology.


Marin Voice: Parents should not be left out of mental health debate – Marin Independent Journal

My Pro-DSM 5 revisions, guest Op-Ed…read it here. Marin Voice: Parents should not be left out of mental health debate – Marin Independent Journal.


My Story on HuffPost Today: Family Secrets: What My Son’s Diagnosis Revealed About Our Past

That’s the tricky part about family secrets. Their contents don’t have to be secret at all; as long as everyone agrees not to see or speak about what’s actually hiding in plain sight–like Grandpa’s likely suicide. Go to Huffington Post … Continue reading


A Public Death: Coroner Goes Rogue with Suicide-By-Cop Finding | Reporting on Health

A coroner in Pennsylvania has decided that a man who was shot to death by police officers actually wanted to die. Whether Coroner S. Timothy Warco conducted a séance to divine the intentions of the deceased we may never know, … Continue reading

Man Uses His Schizophrenia to Gather Clues for Daily Living –

Man Uses His Schizophrenia to Gather Clues for Daily Living –

This is a beautifully written and insightful portrait of a man and a movement to go past narrow definitions of delusions and hallucinations to connect with deeper meanings. Led by people with lived experience and progressive clinicians. READ IT.


This is what parity is all about__Ruling may broaden insurance plans’ coverage for mental illness

Ruling may broaden insurance plans’ coverage for mental illness. This is extremely important if you or your child need inpatient care for a mental disorder.

How You and I Can Prevent the Next Jared Loughner – Associated Content from Yahoo!

In this post I connect the dots between failing to treat early signs of psychosis, the stigma that kept Jared Loughner from seeking treatment and our national tragedy.

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