Schizophrenia

My Brother Donald: Please Spread His Story Far And Wide, And Join The Fight For Better Mental Health

Alastair Campbell | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alastair Campbell

My big brother died on Tuesday. It was a massive, horrible shock, even though we have always known that people with his condition live on average twenty years less than the rest of us. My Dad lived to 82, my Mum to 88. Donald was 62. His condition was schizophrenia. His illness, not mine, is the real reason I campaign for better understanding and treatment of mental illness, not least because people who have schizophrenia do have such shortened life expectancy.

Why Exercise Could Prove Vital In Treating Schizophrenia Patients

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Exercise has been shown to significantly reduce symptoms in people with schizophrenia when combined with medication. The study from University of Manc...

This Is What It's Really Like To Live With Schizophrenia

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Around one in every 100 people will experience schizophrenia in their lifetime, yet it continues to be one of the most stigmatised and misunderstood m...

The Musician Capturing the Sounds of Schizophrenia

Heenali Patel | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Heenali Patel

Rob attributes the happiness in his life to his relationship with Gill, his wife of 24 years. They met when Rob was in a psychiatric hospital in Northampton. A whole food cooperative - Daily Bread - employed patients from the hospital, and staff to support them as a way of aiding their recovery. Gill was a member, and Rob was one of the patients she supported.

Pregnant Smokers Warned About Schizophrenia Risk

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Parents

Women who choose to smoke during pregnancy could be increasing their child's risk of developing schizophrenia later in life, a study suggests. Researc...

When We Talk About Schizophrenia, It's the Media Who Need a Reality Check

Cal Strode | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cal Strode

Living with schizophrenia can often be very frightening and can be enough of a barrier in itself to sustaining relationships without the added stigma and discrimination. None of us are immune to mental ill health and we have a human duty to show solidarity, open-mindedness and compassion for those who are living with mental health problems.

Yvonne's Story: 'Mental Health Issues Could Lead to a Future More Enhanced Than Your Past'

Heenali Patel | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK
Heenali Patel

Through her own struggles, Yvonne has one clear message about success for those going through mental health issues: "You can have a life, second to none. It can be as simple a thing as having a physical condition that you manage on a daily basis. You might have mental health issues, but it's not the final death knell that it once was. It's just a door into another type of future, and it could be a future more enhanced than your past."

Could Thrush Be An Early Sign Of Schizophrenia?

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Yeast infections have been linked to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in a new study, leading researchers to suggest that infections like thrush cou...

$16.1 Trillion and Counting - The Price Tag Facing the World for Inaction in Mental Health Treatments Demands Attention

Larissa Schneider | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK
Larissa Schneider

By: Inka Weissbecker, Global Mental Health and Psychosocial Advisor, International Medical Corps Around 350 million people around the world suffer fr...

Immune Cells In Brain Could Offer Clue To Preventing Schizophrenia

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Scientists have discovered a way to diagnose early onset of schizophrenia, which would enable them to offer treatment to patients before symptoms beco...

This Is What Having Schizophrenia Is Really Like

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Schizophrenia affects one in 100 people in their lifetime, but lack of understanding around the illness and "shocking" waiting times on basic therapie...

Warning: Psychiatric Labels Can Seriously Damage Your Health

Louise Gillett | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Gillett

I have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, which I have long since rejected because it did not reflect the reality of my life - it made no sense to continue to believe in it. However, I am still affected by that label.

People On Reddit Gave A Man The Best Advice On Mental Health

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When a man asked people on Reddit: "[Am I experiencing] extreme harassment or am I going nuts?" they responded in the best possible way. Reddit us...

My Mental Audience

Ruby Wax | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I love performing my show, mostly because of the second half where I have the privilege of sitting on stage and letting the audience take over to ask, answer or discuss whatever. For those 20-30 minutes it feels like I'm with my people that we're the same under our fronts with all our vulnerabilities we need to hide.

Stop Using Mental Illnesses as Adjectives

Claire Greaves | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Greaves

Many of us have done it, "Kate can be a bit bipolar can't she?!" meaning that one day she can be in a good mood, the next she can be in a bad mood or ...

How to Recover from a Nervous Breakdown

Louise Gillett | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Gillett

I appreciate how serious mental health conditions can be. I spent most of my life suffering from intense anxiety and had three psychotic breakdowns to boot. I know many people never recover from these experiences, and this is why I feel duty-bound to write on the subject.

Today's Psychiatrist

Dr Mark Silvert | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Dr Mark Silvert

People think that if you are a psychiatrist it means you push medications on people. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sure some bad apples do. And yes we do prescribe but most of us don't unless we really need to.

For Jonny Benjamin: I'm No Longer Afraid of My Shadow

Jojo Furnival | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

Imagine being unable to stand everything about yourself. Your voice, your thoughts, your body, your personality. I can't now. Though years ago, I came pretty close. And if Jonny Benjamin can be honest, then so can I... It's several years ago now and feels like a different lifetime. I've been a happy person, getting even happier year on year since. But back then, after hitting rock bottom, in order to survive, I drew a line under these experiences and locked the memories away. I shoved them all in a box, along with my Shadow Self, so that they - and it - couldn't hurt me or anyone else anymore.

Making Space for the Meaning in Madness

Dr Jay Watts | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Jay Watts

Understanding Psychosis destabilises such hope-crushing ideas that schizophrenia is a brain disease. How? Firstly, the report takes seriously the main biological theories, weighing up the evidence base before concluding that there is no proven biological abnormality associated with schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia - Stuck With It?

Louise Gillett | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Gillett

Forget the 'mental' and just think 'illness'. I was ill, seriously ill, three times in my life. I was in hospital for three months on each occasion and took a long while afterwards to convalesce. But now I have been well for many years. I do not take medication. I am capable and active - I am married, with four wonderful children, a career and a happy, fulfilling life. Ergo, I am better.

A Day in the Life of a Paranoid Schizophrenic

Katy Gray | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Gray

Whilst I'm in the shower, Dorothy starts talking to me. Dorothy is the voice I currently hear. Thankfully, she's also the only voice I hear at the moment. I've only been hearing her for a few months but she's very similar to other voices I've heard in the past - nasty. Dorothy tells me that satellites are watching me whilst I shower.

Rachel Moss

Why We Need To Learn The Truth About Schizophrenia

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Moss | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Do you believe schizophrenia is about people with multiple personalities? If the answer is yes, you may be in a broad majority, but that doesn't m...

T-Shirt Troubles

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

Urban Outfitters have been getting a lot of bad press for their extremely insensitive and offensive clothing. One of the items of clothing that was in particularly poor taste was a t-shirt glorifying depression

How to Help Young Adults With Mental Health Issues

Martha Roberts | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Martha Roberts

As I drove home from a recent night out, a young woman stumbled out of the darkness into the road ahead of me. She was extremely distressed so I offered to drive her home. During our journey, Lara* told me that her dad hated her and that she was totally devastated by this...

Nelson Mandela Sign Language Interpreter Resurfaces In Disturbing Ad For Video Sharing App

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK

The sign-language interpreter at the Nelson Mandela memorial event has resurfaced in a disturbing advert for a video-sharing app. Thamsanqa Jantji...