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July 8, 2009 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
So rare is the child form of schizophrenia, it has taken researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health 18 years to diagnosis and collect data on 110 children. "We are trying to understand schizophrenia in a comprehensive way," says Dr. Nitin Gogtay, a researcher involved with the project in Bethesda, Md. "We see the illness in a very pure form. At that age, there are no confounding factors, like alcohol or drug abuse. We feel a lot of answers will come out of this study."
July 6, 2009
Re "Jani's at the mercy of her mind," Column One, June 29 Such a sad, sad story. I was unaware that children could get schizophrenia. I see brain diseases every day at my work, but never with a child. It is depressing enough to see 18- to 28- year-olds with severe mental illness ... but a 6-year-old? Most of the time, the public and the media sensationalize schizophrenia. A good line in your article pointed out that it wasn't anyone's fault -- it's Jani's brain. It would be more helpful if, in cases when a mentally ill person hurts someone, the media and public would note this often occurs with an untreated mental illness.
November 29, 2008
In her review of Beyonce's split-personality tendencies on the "Sasha Fierce" album ["Beyonce Tries to Have It Both Ways," Nov. 13], Ann Powers criticizes the singer for accepting an outdated notion of what is "real" for a woman. She then makes a thoughtless remark about Beyonce and T.I. as being the only hip-hop stars "who recently tried this schizophrenia thing." Wow. Powers might be in touch with real women's issues, but she obviously knows nothing about the real issues of people who suffer from schizophrenia.
August 9, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Estrogen may ease the symptoms of schizophrenia in women with severe disease, Australian researchers reported Tuesday in the Archives of General Psychiatry. Researchers started focusing on estrogen's links to schizophrenia about two decades ago when it became clear that female patients typically fell ill an average of about five years after males. Symptoms in women also tend to worsen after childbirth and menopause, when estrogen levels are lower, and ease during menstruation and pregnancy, when hormone levels are high.
January 3, 2008
Re "Schizophrenia takes a daughter away," Column One, Dec. 29 Schizophrenia is one of the most devastating illnesses, and inadequate research funds, inadequate facilities and inadequate insurance programs -- not to mention frank discrimination against people with mental illness and those who treat them -- don't help. People need to know that hope exists, even in the most desperate cases, but supportive families and money for quality care are important if we are ever to win the war on mental illness.
December 29, 2007 | Scott Gold and Lee Romney, Times Staff Writers
By the time she landed at Metropolitan State Hospital in 2006, Tiffany Sitton had been haunted by delusions for 15 of her 23 years. Spiders burrowed under her skin. Ghosts ordered her to hurt people. Schizophrenia and psychiatric drugs dulled her eyes and numbed her brain. Hers was the most vexing kind of case, blending severe mental illness with a rebellious disposition and drug abuse.
November 23, 2007 | From Times staff reports
Sheriff's officials are looking for a 34-year-old man who has been missing since leaving his Santa Clarita Valley home two weeks ago. Adam Christopher Kellner was last seen by his family at their Stevenson Ranch home about 9:30 p.m. Nov. 7, said Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Marsh. He said Kellner has schizophrenia. Marsh asked that anyone with information call the sheriff's missing person's detail at (323) 890-5500.
September 10, 2007 | John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
Dressed in a blue power suit, Elyn Saks addressed a gathering of psychologists here with the quiet demeanor of an intellectual sure of her academic resume: college valedictorian, Oxford scholar, Yale law student, USC legal professor. But her words were not serene. They evoked nightmares. Over 30 years, as she forged her career, she wrestled with uncouth visions, violent commands and suicidal impulses, Saks explained to her listeners.
March 24, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The key to schizophrenia may be found in a gene region thought to play a role in inflammation and autoimmune disorders, U.S. researchers said Tuesday in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. If confirmed, the finding could lead to a test and possibly new treatments for the mental disorder that affects about 1% of the world's population, researchers said. The link to inflammation might help explain why many patients with schizophrenia have autoimmune diseases.
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