Latest by Christina Bruni

Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2011

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Since I’m a woman, this interests me from a woman’s perspective. Some statistics: Each year in the U.S. 4.8 million women suffer physical assaults and rapes from their partner, and 2.9 million me...

Schizophrenia Tactics: How to Stay Out of the Hospital

My story is unusual: My mother drove me to the hospital within 24 hours of my breakdown, a day later I started taking Stelazine, and within three weeks I no longer had any of the symptoms I presented when I got sick. Close to five years later I tried ...

Schizophrenia and the Phases of Recovery

In one of my first SharePosts here I wrote about Optimism and Hope for Successful Treatment Outcomes, and I’ll link to it at the end of this article. The criteria for remission from schizophrenia is having symptoms that are absent, minimal or negligi...

Schizophrenia and Anosognosia

We continue the focus on schizophrenia with a detailed talk about one of the most disabling symptoms. It can be mistaken for stubbornness or defensiveness or pride or garden-variety denial yet it is actually a neurological condition. Up to 60 percent ...

Schizophrenia: Common Symptoms

Today is World Schizophrenia Day. Our focus on schizophrenia continues with an overview of some of the common symptoms of this medical condition. At the end of this SharePost I’ll provide links to related schizophrenia information. We’ll start this t...

Schizophrenia Early Warning Signs

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In the coming series I will talk in detail about schizophrenia: starting from the onset of symptoms, how a diagnosis is made, the differences between types of symptoms, and treatments available through the recove...

Loving Someone With Schizophrenia: A Real-Life Story

This month MerelyMe of our sister depression web site graciously offered to answer some questions I had about living with a loved one who has schizophrenia. Her mother was diagnosed with this illness. I wanted to give an insider’s view because so man...

Marijuana Use and Schizophrenia: The Missing Link

This SharePost is titled the Missing Link because in reality there could be no link between marijuana use and developing schizophrenia. Critics contend that if there was a link the number of people diagnosed with schizophrenia would have risen along ...

Love Loss and Schizophrenia

The theme of March across the Health Central mental health communities is of grief and death topics. Our depression sister site offers ways to cope with grief and coping with the death of a parent . I realized that this was close to my heart because ...

10 Things You Should Know About Schizophrenia

This SharePost is the companion to the last one, 10 Schizophrenia Myths Busted. I consulted with a friend whose wisdom was on-target and I’ll refer to him here. 1.The following symptoms lead to a diagnosis of schizophrenia: Two or more “Criteria A” s...