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Fanapt: Hope or Hype?

Early next year Vanda Pharmaceutical’s schizophrenia drug Fanapt (generic: Iloperidone) will hit the pharmacy shelves. Could it be the first third-generation atypical? It blocks a different combination of neurotransmitters than earlier antipsychotics...

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Stalking Irish Madness

Would I recommend you give Stalking Irish Madness as a stocking stuffer or holiday gift? You decide. Patrick Tracey’s book-part memoir, part documentary-traces the roots of his family’s schizophrenia back to the great potato famine in Ireland in the ...

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Coping with Schizophrenia: The Importance of a Sense of Humor

When you live with schizophrenia every day, you develop some coping tactics, most notably a sense of humor. That, and since I have mini-meltdowns on the subway, car service is often the only option. I’m on a first-name basis with various drivers thro...

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The Importance of Friendships

In the book, My Sister, My Love by Joyce Carol Oates, Mummy wrote out on pink sheets of paper the social hierarchy of her women friends in Fair Hills, New Jersey-the ultra-rich suburban enclave. My more modest list includes: Zoe, Ana, Merry, David W....

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The Five Stages of Change

With the convention entries wrapped up, I’d like to re-visit the topic of setting goals, in a two-part blog series. First, I’ll talk about recovery and in the second blog entry I’ll detail the specifics of my three-year treatment plan. I found in my ...

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Setting Treatment Goals

The information in this blog entry will be included in my second book, Life Will Tell You: on Living Well in Recovery. Consider it a preview. Here, I’ll talk about setting treatment goals. I’ve been solely on the Geodon for close to three months, and ...

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Tips For Traveling

As the NAMI convention approaches in June, I’ve decided to devote a blog entry to tips for healthy traveling, as well as common etiquette guides for tipping the people who serve to make your travel experience carefree. Lastly, I’ll give you some prac...

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An Interview With Xavier Amador, Ph.D. - Part Two

In our continuation of the Dr. Xavier Amador interview, the esteemed psychologist gives some suggestions for how to dialogue with a loved one or friend who lacks awareness that he has schizophrenia. **SC: **In the New York Times, there was a recent a...

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An Interview with Xavier Amador, Ph.D. - Part One

SchizophreniaConnection is pleased to present an interview Dr. Xavier Amador, who discusses the thorny dilemma of how to convince someone who doesn’t believe he has schizophrenia to accept treatment. Dr. Amador is an internationally sought-after spea...

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Seven Steps to Recovery

Today, if you’ve been diagnosed with schizophrenia, chances are you didn’t have to go into a hospital, or if you did, it wasn’t for a long time and you were placed on one of the newer atypicals that offer hope for a better life. I’ve designed a blog ...