Latest by Christina Bruni

Schizophrenia And Relationships

This last SharePost of the month will talk about schizophrenia and relationships. In the fall of 2007, when I first started working here, I interviewed Jim, the founder of NoLongerLonely, an Internet dating service for people diagnosed with mental il...

Ways to Overcome Your Mental Health Roadblocks

Here are some suggestions about how to play the cards you’re dealt and win at the game of life.

10 Schizophrenia Myths Busted

Reality: The symptoms often attenuate in later life and by one’s 60s could be minimal. Committing to a medication routine and taking your meds every day as prescribed inoculates you from a much worse fate. Not all drugs relieve all symptoms in all pe...

Schizophrenia and Negative Symptoms

The topic will be negative symptoms of schizophrenia, called this because they take away from or reduce functioning. Negative symptoms involve lack of motivation, social withdrawal, blunt affect, and alogia (poverty of speech or poverty of content of ...

Geriatric Schizophrenia: Treating Older Adults

I want to revisit the topic of schizophrenia in our older years. At the end of this SharePost, I’ll link to detailed information on the topic. Most accounts define middle age as between 45 and 60. Does it get better as we move forward in our recovery...

Schizophrenia Revisions To DSM V

Today’s focus will be on the revisions to the DSM for the schizophrenia category. The DSM V is set for release in May 2013. On the Mental Health Networking LinkedIn group, the issue of “To DSM or Not DSM?” was debated hotly in a recent discussion. Th...

Schizophrenia and Faith: A Positive Connection?

A study of 103 outpatients with residual schizophrenia suggests that religion and spirituality might contribute to improved quality of life for individuals with this diagnosis. You can find the study in Psychiatry Research (2011:190:200-5). The resea...

Schizophrenia And The Law: Deciding Competency

A court ruling in Massachusetts has implications for everyone diagnosed with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses, wherever we live. The whole problem with “Mary Moe” being legally required to obtain an abortion would have been avoided if this wo...

Meditation an Aid for Recovery

According to Health Day: “A new study finds that people skilled at meditation seem able to turn off areas of the brain associated with daydreaming and psychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia.” It is posited that people experienced at m...

Schizophrenia In The Movies: Take Shelter

Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon and actress Jessica Chastain carry the film Take Shelter out now in theaters across America. Check the film’s Web site at the end of this article for the dates and times. The movie was the winner of the Critics W...