schizophrenia

  • Genetic research
    January 30, 2016  

    Medical researchers have discovered a gene that increases the risk of schizophrenia, a mental illness that afflicts more than two million Americans, sometimes causing delusions and hallucinations. Associate Professor of Genetics at Harvard University Steven McCarroll joins Alison Stewart to discuss the findings. Continue reading

  • NORFOLK, VIRGINIA - OCTOBER 26:   Robin Williams photographed backstage before his performance at the Ted Constant Convocation Center during a 30-city tour October, 26, 2009 in Norfolk, Virginia.  (Photo by Jay Paul/Getty Images)
    November 5, 2015  

    According to Robin Williams’ widow, an autopsy has revealed that the comedian suffered from Lewy body dementia before he committed suicide. Susan Schneider Williams described the battle to treat and understand her late husband’s symptoms as a game of Whac-A-Mole. William Brangham learns about the lesser-known but common illness from Dr. James Galvin of Florida Atlantic University. Continue reading

  • Counselling and Support
    October 20, 2015  

    More than 2 million Americans have schizophrenia, a chronic brain disorder that can causes hallucinations, delusions, memory problems and depression. A new landmark study finds that high levels of potent antipsychotic drugs is not as effective a treatment as lower doses combined with therapy and support. Gwen Ifill talks to Dr. Robert Heinssen of the National Institute of Mental Health. Continue reading

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    July 25, 2014  

    Why have so many creative minds suffered from mental illness? Nancy Andreasen, Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa, has devoted decades of study to the physical differences in the brains of writers and other highly accomplished individuals. Produced in partnership with The Atlantic magazine, Judy Woodruff visits Andreasen to explore her work. Continue reading

  • Brain Scan
    July 25, 2014   BY Jenny Marder 

    “As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working with many gifted and high-profile subjects over the years, but Kurt Vonnegut—dear, funny, eccentric, lovable, tormented Kurt Vonnegut—will always be one of my favorites.”
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  • schizophrenia
    July 24, 2014  

    A study published this week found that at least 100 different genes are associated with the condition. Genetics have long been assumed to play a role, but for the first time researchers found that genes in the immune system are involved. Dr. Steven Hyman of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research joins Judy Woodruff to discuss new understanding of the disease as well as new opportunities. Continue reading

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    July 22, 2014  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, five days after a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over Eastern Ukraine, the remains of 200 of the 298 victims are awaiting transportation to the Netherlands. Neil Connery of Independent Television News reports from Ukraine. Also, researchers in the U.S. and U.K. say they’ve taken a “big step” toward developing future drug treatments for schizophrenia. Continue reading

  • March 15, 2013  

    In the wake of several recent shootings, politicians and commentators have called for improved mental health screening and treatment. Spencer Michels reports on a program in California called "Laura’s Law," an unfunded mandate that has proven difficult to implement and has drawn concern about involuntary treatment for patients. Continue reading

  • December 26, 2012  

    In the wake of several recent shootings, politicians and commentators have called for improved mental health screening and treatment. Spencer Michels reports on a program in California called "Laura’s Law," an unfunded mandate that has proven difficult to implement and has drawn concern about involuntary treatment for patients. Continue reading

  • August 7, 2012  

    Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty to a 2011 shooting that left six people dead and 13 wounded, including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Jeffrey Brown talks to Loyola Law School’s Laurie Levenson about the plea, which will spare victims going through a trial and rule out the death penalty. Continue reading

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