Schizophrenia

What Does Disease Smell Like?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Disease, believe it or not, has a smell. According to researchers, a machine with an 'electronic nose' can detect breast cancer - producing results th...

The Message of Finding 'Mike'

Jonny Benjamin | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jonny Benjamin

It's not been easy reliving what led me to attempting suicide. But it's also been something of a revelation. Looking back, I had always thought it was receiving my diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and depression, which had caused me to want to end my life. But there was also a secret which I was hiding from everyone around me that I also could no longer bear to live with.

When 'Madness' Is Confused With Genius

Lynne Parker | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

It takes a particular kind of creative, self-obsessive, imaginative, observant and courageous person to bare their very soul on stage. It is not always funny either, the image of the sad clown and smiley face, sad face masks of comedy and tragedy are emblematic of the tortured genius that inhabits some of the world's greatest comedians.

It's A Wonderful Life, Mike!

Jonny Benjamin | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK
Jonny Benjamin

On 14 January 2008 I travelled to Waterloo Bridge to take my life. It was a bitterly cold, grey Monday morning and the rain was beginning to fall when I stepped onto the edge of the bridge, ready to jump. I can't remember all the many thoughts and feelings buzzing around my mind as I stood there looking down to the water below. All I can recall is a feeling of total despair. The very next minute of my existence seemed too painful to bear. I don't know how long I was standing there for before I heard a man's voice behind me say: "Please mate, please don't do this."

George Osborne Plans Another £25billion in Cuts, and Wants to Take Around Half of It From Welfare

Lisa Egan | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics
Lisa Egan

So I'd like to introduce Mr Osborne to few people: Shaun Pilkington shot himself after his Employment and Support Allowance was stopped. Tim Salter ...

'Fake' Mandela Memorial Interpreter 'Faced Murder Charge'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The sign language interpreter at the Nelson Mandela memorial event who repeatedly signed gibberish as world leaders addressed the crowd has previously...

WATCH: 'Fake' Mandela Memorial Interpreter Signing At Zuma Speech Last Year

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The sign language interpreter used during Nelson Mandela’s memorial service also provided his services at Jacob Zuma speech last year, a fresh foota...

Mandela Interpreter: I Heard Voices Onstage

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.12.2013 | UK

The sign language interpreter at the Nelson Mandela memorial event says he had a schizophrenic episode on stage. Thamsanqa Jantjie insisted he was ...

Pregnant Mentally-Ill Woman Can Be Forced To Have Caesarean Section

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A pregnant mentally-ill woman could be forced to have a caesarean section after a High Curt judge gave doctors permission to perform the procedure. Ru...

What's Schizophrenia Like?

Katy Gray | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Gray

Seven years ago, the monster called schizophrenia introduced itself to me through an auditory hallucination (a voice). At first, this voice was reassuring and calming. After a short while, it became apparent that this voice was a wolf in sheep's clothing. It wasn't a voice that reassured me or calmed me down anymore.

The Truth About 'Mental Patients'

Katy Gray | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Gray

The first time I was on a psychiatric ward was in 2008 when I was 20. If I'm honest, I was petrified. In my mind, the other patients were going to murder me in my sleep or I'd have to protect myself from brutal people wanting to beat me up.

Monsters in the Media: Mental Health Patients Are Often the Hunted, not the Hunters

Rachel Egan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Rachel Egan

The Sun newspaper showed no signs of changing its relentless ignorance this week as it stormed straight into the spotlight just a few days before Worl...

The Stereotype of Stigma: A New Take

Esther Rich | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Esther Rich

Someone living with cancer is not defined by their tumour. Someone living with diabetes is not defined by their sugar levels. So why should someone living with a mental health problem be defined by how they are feeling?

Ian Brady Is 'Chronically Psychotic' Court Hears

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK

Moors Murderer Ian Brady remains "chronically psychotic" and should remain in a hospital setting for treatment, his mental health tribunal has heard. ...

People With Mental Health Are Dangerous Criminals

Kerry Hudson | Posted 31.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

There is no close connection between mental health and crime, in fact, statistics show that we are actually more likely to be the victim of the crime.

Stress During Pregnancy Could Be Linked To Autism In Babies

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle

A pregnant mother's placenta can transmit damaging effects of stress to her unborn child, say researchers. The impact is felt by a protein that aff...

Schizophrenic Killed Stranger Then Demanded To See The Queen

PA | Posted 01.03.2013 | UK

A man turned up at Buckingham Palace within hours of killing a stranger and demanded to see the Queen, the Old Bailey heard. Ghodratollah Barani st...

Alternative Medicines for Mental Health

Kerry Hudson | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

Many of us are choosing a greener lifestyle, and that goes for medication too. Holistic therapist Sorrell Robbins explains "The idea of alternative medicine - namely herbs - is to help moderate and balance the individual alongside medical and/or psychiatric care and not to cure conditions that mainstream doctors were unable to".

Re-Branding Schizophrenia - Would Changing the Name Make a Difference?

Dr. Sohom Das | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Sohom Das

hose who cringe at the S-word I suspect would eventually discover its successor (probably from reading the Daily Mail), and react similarly to the new name. I doubt changing in the terminology would improve their attitudes. Bigots are bigots.

'Mummy, Why is That Lady Talking to Herself?'

Kerry Hudson | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

Here are some of the common misconceptions of mental health I've heard over the years (and calmly kept schtum).

Schizophrenia Care 'Catastrophic'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK

Care for people with schizophrenia and psychosis is falling "catastrophically short", a report has found. There are "shameful" standards of care on...

Cannabis Use Could Lead To Schizophrenia-Like 'Cognitive Breakdowns'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.11.2012 | UK

Researchers in Norway claim they have found new evidence to support their theory that cannabis use causes temporary 'cognitive breakdown' in non-psych...

Brain Size Is Directly Linked To Being Loved Or Neglected By Parents (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 31.10.2012 | UK

The brains in this image both belong to three-year-old children, yet the difference in size is dramatic. What's even more dramatic is that the var...

Keeping Your Brain Healthy With Omega 3

Martin Sadofski | Posted 23.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Sadofski

As Woody Allen once said "The brain is my second favourite organ." Already hailed for promoting healthy hearts, it seems that taking a daily Omega 3 capsule also has beneficial effects in the brain.

Schizophrenia: Does Talk of Genes and Brains Really Stop a Mother's Blame?

Dr Felicity Callard | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Felicity Callard

Brain and genetic disorders are no-one's fault:no-one, certainly not the family, is to blame. The concept of the guilt-ridden mother has been relegated to history books and horror movies... Or so the mental health establishment tells us.