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Psychosis means abnormal condition of the mind, and is a generic psychiatric term for a mental state often described as involving a "loss of contact with reality". People suffering from psychosis are said to be ''psychotic.''
Rheumatologic diseases can initially present as neurological disorders, delay diagnosis for many months

Rheumatologic diseases can initially present as neurological disorders, delay diagnosis for many months

Lupus and other rheumatologic diseases can initially present as neurological disorders such as headaches and seizures, and thus delay diagnosis for many months, according to Loyola University Medical Center neurologists. [More]
Rare mutation in suspect gene disrupts brain circuitry in complex psychiatric disorders

Rare mutation in suspect gene disrupts brain circuitry in complex psychiatric disorders

Researchers have long suspected that major mental disorders are genetically-rooted diseases of synapses - the connections between neurons. [More]
Researchers examine mental health conditions of "super mom" and "super dad“

Researchers examine mental health conditions of "super mom" and "super dad“

Mental health experts in the past three decades have emphasized the dangers of post-partum depression for mothers, but a University of Kansas researcher says expanding awareness of several other perinatal mental health conditions is important for all new parents, including fathers. [More]
Family intervention may attenuate early psychosis

Family intervention may attenuate early psychosis

An intervention based around family psychoeducation reduces symptoms and improves functioning in patients at clinical high risk of psychosis or experiencing early first-episode psychosis, say researchers. [More]
Frequent marijuana use can have negative effect on brains of teenagers

Frequent marijuana use can have negative effect on brains of teenagers

Frequent marijuana use can have a significant negative effect on the brains of teenagers and young adults, including cognitive decline, poor attention and memory, and decreased IQ, according to psychologists discussing public health implications of marijuana legalization at the American Psychological Association's 122nd Annual Convention. [More]
Motivation tied to cognition in schizophrenia patients

Motivation tied to cognition in schizophrenia patients

Motivation and cognitive performance are closely linked in patients with schizophrenia, research shows. [More]
Twin study supports psychosis continuum

Twin study supports psychosis continuum

A study of adolescent twins suggests that similar factors influence psychotic experiences regardless of their severity, consistent with a psychosis continuum. [More]

Untreated psychosis duration linked to age, gender and immigration status

First-generation immigrants, men and younger patients are at risk of treatment delays for first-episode psychosis, study findings indicate. [More]
Impaired emotion recognition runs in families with psychosis

Impaired emotion recognition runs in families with psychosis

Difficulty recognising facial emotions is common to patients with psychosis and their close relatives, shows research. [More]
Findings point to biological mechanisms and pathways that may underlie schizophrenia

Findings point to biological mechanisms and pathways that may underlie schizophrenia

As part of a multinational, collaborative effort, researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and scores of other institutions from all over the world have helped identify over 100 locations in the human genome associated with the risk of developing schizophrenia, in what is the largest genomic study published on any psychiatric disorder to date. [More]

Symptom remission main predictor of functional outcomes in psychosis

Remission of positive and negative symptoms is the most important predictor of functional outcomes among patients with first-episode psychosis, with cognition having only a small impact, say researchers. [More]
Motivational impairment could be early target for psychosis risk

Motivational impairment could be early target for psychosis risk

Research suggests that motivational impairment may be present before psychosis onset but does not worsen over the course of the illness. [More]
Very-late-onset schizophrenia linked to particularly high mortality risk

Very-late-onset schizophrenia linked to particularly high mortality risk

Patients with very-late-onset schizophrenia-like psychosis have an increased risk of death compared with both the general population and patients with schizophrenia diagnosed earlier in life, Finnish study findings indicate. [More]
Sleep problems in PD patients can worsen in later stages of disease

Sleep problems in PD patients can worsen in later stages of disease

Up to 70% of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients experience sleep problems that negatively impact their quality of life. [More]
Sleep deprivation can lead a healthy person to display symptoms similar to schizophrenia

Sleep deprivation can lead a healthy person to display symptoms similar to schizophrenia

Twenty-four hours of sleep deprivation can lead to conditions in healthy persons similar to the symptoms of schizophrenia. This discovery was made by an international team of researchers under the guidance of the University of Bonn and King's College London. [More]
Insight has ‘trait-like properties’ in psychosis

Insight has ‘trait-like properties’ in psychosis

Poor insight persists in many patients after their first episode of psychosis and is predicted by insight at baseline, report researchers. [More]
Neuroimaging support for psychosis continuum

Neuroimaging support for psychosis continuum

Cortical thinning is present in people with nonclinical psychotic symptoms, but is less pronounced than in those with a psychotic disorder, report researchers [More]
LBDA offers condolences over death of LBD patient

LBDA offers condolences over death of LBD patient

The sad news of Casey Kasem's illness and passing has brought unexpected visibility to a disease unfamiliar to many people. [More]
Moving during childhood linked to increased schizophrenia risk

Moving during childhood linked to increased schizophrenia risk

Childhood residential mobility is associated with an increased risk of psychotic disorders, particularly schizophrenia, during adulthood, according to results of a study conducted in Denmark. [More]
Cogstate announces signing of first contract for Precision Recruitment tool

Cogstate announces signing of first contract for Precision Recruitment tool

Cognition technology company Cogstate is pleased to announce the signing of its first contract for Precision Recruitment, a new web-based tool for streamlining patient recruitment for clinical drug trials. [More]