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Christina Bruni's Posts

5 Thoughts on Schizophrenia Medication Reduction

A recent study indicated that lowering the dose of risperidone or olanzapine in schizophrenia patients 50 years old or older can be effective as a measure to try to ward off extrapyramidal symptoms or other symptoms like weight gain.

 

One caveat: the follow-up was three to six months after the study. In that time frame most... Read moreChevron

4 Tactics for Finding and Using a Therapist

In the photo I'm holding a copy of Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health. I contributed to that book a chapter titled "Recovery is Within Reach." It's... Read moreChevron

5 Tips for Diabetes Management for Schizophrenia Patients

Type 2 diabetes is on the rise in individuals with schizophrenia who take atypical medications. The biggest culprits in the poundage war are clozapine (Clozaril) and olanzapine (Zyprexa).

Along with other factors like inactivity and increased cigarette smoking this places certain people at risk for dying 20 years earlier. The single... Read moreChevron

3 Questions African Americans Can Ask Mental Health Providers

Ever since I started out as a mental health activist in 2002: I've been aware there's a bias towards overdiagnosing African Americans with schizophrenia as opposed to bipolar. Research carried out as early as 1997 confimed this.

Perhaps you can relate: you're wary of mental health providers today because of the historical treatment... Read moreChevron

4 Thoughts on Schizophrenia and Cat Ownership

A recent study confirmed the results of a 1982 survey that indicated half of
people who had a cat as a child were diagnosed with mental illnesses later in
life as opposed to 42% who did not.

Three studies linked cat ownership in childhood to be significantly more
common in families where a child is later diagnosed... Read moreChevron