Canada Schizophrenia

Anti-Psychotics Don't Kill Patients. Lack Of Health Care Does

Marvin Ross | Posted 04.18.2017 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

Premature death for those with schizophrenia results from a combination of poor treatment and preventative care these people receive from the medical system, and the failure to treat their mental illness appropriately and aggressively. In the U.S., it appears to be confounded by the lack of universal health care.

People With Schizophenia Have Unseen Physical Health Needs

Marvin Ross | Posted 04.07.2017 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

It is the 21st century and yet those in Ontario with serious mental illness and diabetes are receiving inadequate medical care compared to those with only diabetes. This was the finding from a study just published online ahead of the print journal by researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Science (ICES) and others.

Families Coping With Schizophrenia Don't Have A National Voice

Susan Inman | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada Living
Susan Inman

Families who care for people with schizophrenia once had an organization that gave them a national voice. They no longer do. This lack of national representation impacts not just our own situations; it also hurts the people we support, because they are often unable to advocate on their own behalf.

The B.C. Mental Health Act Protects My Daughter And People Like Her

Susan Inman | Posted 01.13.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Susan Inman

I want my daughter's best interests to be represented by the numerous disability rights organizations that have appeared in recent years. Sadly, these organizations, like the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, too often promote policies that pose real dangers to her. It's important to understand why a group like this would decide to hold these positions.

Schizophrenia Isn't A Four-Letter Word

Ken Rabow | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

To the people who care about them, once this young person chooses "the other way", all the people around them see is the consequences. "Didn't you know that if you did "X" you would end up "Y"". It is understandable for those around you to feel this because the process of suffering is so often done in the dark. The sufferers try to protect those around them and some feel that by minimizing it, it may go away.

Anti-Psychiatry Folks Cannot Ignore That Medication Saves Lives

Marvin Ross | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

Put simply, Whitaker and the Mad in America anti-psychiatry folks are adamant that anti-psychotic medication for schizophrenia makes people sick and shortens their lives. Research fails to support these contentions but they persist and the data is ignored.

There's Hope For People Living With Schizophrenia

Chris Summerville | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada Living
Chris Summerville

Helping people to live life beyond the limitations of a mental illness with a sense of dignity, purpose, hope and meaning is called recovery. The hope of recovery changes everything: how we view the person, how we address stigma and discrimination and how we make mental health services accessible and available.

I Want My Patients To Love Their Drugs

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

The trouble is, there is no recipe book for prescribing psychiatric medications. Every individual is unique, so with the guidance of their doctor, patients must find the treatment that's right for them. If a drug makes them feel worse, it's not the right drug, but that doesn't mean there are no other options. The right treatment must be found and sometimes that takes time, effort and creativity. Feeling like a zombie is never an acceptable outcome.

Marijuana's Pro-Psychotic Effects May Put Teens At Risk

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

There is no single cause for schizophrenia. THC alone is not responsible, but there is an abundance of evidence that THC can provoke an earlier onset of schizophrenia by up to six years. There is also solid evidence to suggest a causal link between THC and schizophrenia.

The Symptoms Of Schizophrenia Are Frightening, Isolating And Debilitating

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 04.20.2017 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

Schizophrenia is a complex and often devastating illness, characterized by the presence of psychotic symptoms including delusions, hallucinations, disorganized thinking and behaviour and negative symptoms (apathy, lack of motivation, social withdrawal, and reduced emotional responsiveness).

You Can't Deny Marijuana Is Dangerous For Developing Minds

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 04.09.2017 | Canada Parents
Dr. Diane McIntosh

Physicians have not effectively confronted pot-related myths, nor have we adequately educated our patients. When I tell parents about marijuana's risks, they often express shock. Many believe it's like oregano... a safe "natural product" that adds a little spice to life. But pot is not benign.

When Psychiatry Gets It Right

Susan Inman | Posted 04.05.2017 | Canada Living
Susan Inman

I've been waiting a long time for a book like"How Can I Help? A Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist." Written by psychiatrists David Goldbloom and Pier Bryden, this book is the most thorough account I have seen of the thinking process, or what should be the thinking process, of contemporary psychiatrists. And it can change the entire way you go about asking for, and receiving, help from a mental health professional.

The Solution To Mental Health Reform Is Easy, Getting There Isn't

Marvin Ross | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada
Marvin Ross

When governments don't want to do something but want to give the appearance of doing something, they set up a task force or committee to investigate and bring back a report. It looks good to some but does nothing and that is what so many jurisdictions do. Maybe it is because I live in Ontario, but this province is the master when it comes to this.

What Causes Mental Illness? It's Complicated.

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 03.22.2017 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

I tell my patients, "Mental illnesses are medical illnesses, like diabetes or heart disease." Most of them struggle to believe me because they know that many people, even people who love them, think they can just "get over" their illnesses. And they're equally as hard on themselves. So let's talk about what causes mental illness, and why that question (and answer) are pretty complicated.

Man Who Beheaded Greyhound Passenger Will Eventually Live On His Own

CP | Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.26.2017 | Canada

Li will leave the group home where he now lives.

New Schizophrenia Research Is Changing Our Understanding Of The Disease

Marvin Ross | Posted 02.01.2017 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

New genetic research just announced is being seen as a major breakthrough in understanding the cause of schizophrenia. However, in my opinion, this research should go a long way to improving how those with this disease and their families are perceived, in silencing the anti-psychiatry crowd and in convincing health systems to do more.

This Could Be The Root Cause Of Schizophrenia

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Living

This could be a "crucial turning point."

5 Reasons To Talk About Mental Illness

Camillo Zacchia, PhD | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada Living
Camillo Zacchia, PhD

In mental illness, we are constantly mixing apples and oranges. The causes are not the same and neither are the treatments. When we lump them together we create more confusion. And when there is lack of clarity, we tend to fill the gaps in knowledge with myths, superstitions, and mistaken attributions. That's when the quacks come out.

Not Guilty Verdict In Stabbing Of 11-Year-Old Soccer Player

CP | Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.20.2017 | Canada

"Get that kid."

Peer Mental Health Workers Need Better Training

Susan Inman | Posted 01.18.2017 | Canada Living
Susan Inman

A growing trend in the delivery of mental health services is the use of peer support workers. Peers, who have themselves experienced some kind of mental illness, can help meet some of the many needs that people with the most severe mental illnesses have. However, various ideological agendas have led the internationally powerful peer support movement in questionable directions.

Canada Should Look To The U.S.'s Legal Struggles Over Mental Illness Policies

Susan Inman | Posted 11.13.2016 | Canada Living
Susan Inman

Families in Canada fighting for evidence-based care for relatives living with psychotic disorders should see the tenacity of the American families. And Democratic Americans abroad, like me, can let our representatives know that we want the mental health system to begin to meet the needs of people with the most severe illnesses.

We Must Separate Fact From Fiction in the Cannabis Debate

International Centre for Science in Drug Policy | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada Politics
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy

Conversations about cannabis policy are heating up. So it's no surprise that we suddenly seem immersed in claims and counterclaims on a slew of topics related to cannabis use and regulation. The International Centre for Science in Drug Policy has tasked itself with determining the strength of scientific support for such claims. Over the past year, we've been working diligently on scanning the news media and online conversations about cannabis to identify the most oft-repeated or high-profile claims including the ones above related to its use and regulation.

Withholding Medication From Schizophrenia Sufferers Should Be Unethical

Marvin Ross | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

Allowing someone with schizophrenia to remain in a psychotic state is cruel and harmful to the person, but that is what happened in a recent drug trial. But that is what happened in a trial conducted by Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Lundbeck Pharmaceutical to gain approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. earlier this year.

We Need More Mental Illness Literacy

Susan Inman | Posted 05.22.2016 | Canada Living
Susan Inman

Efforts at improving mental illness literacy in Canada and the U.S. have been hampered by a problematic notion that education about biological aspects of mental illnesses will lead to greater stigmatizing of people with these disorders.

These Psychiatrists Dare to Set the Record Straight on Mental Illness

Susan Inman | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Living
Susan Inman

Two recent books by high profile psychiatrists provide readers with background knowledge that is essential in shaping our own responses to one of the biggest social problems of our times: severe mental illnesses. Now that psychiatrists are increasingly willing to enter into the messy public arena, it's up to the public to see what we can do with the information they are providing.