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Patients taking antipsychotics aren't being made aware of the risks or side-effects.
Some antipsychotics with the worst side-effects are the best at treating symptoms.
Treatment needs to focus on fewer antidepressants, more lithium and supportive group education.
Quetiapine is increasingly prescribed a sleeping drug.
Quetiapine is an antipsychotic drug to treat severe mental illness, but it makes people feel sleepy, so has also been used as a sleeping pill – by prescription and illicitly.
People with dementia often experience a range of psychological symptoms and behaviour changes.
Because of their sedative effect, antipsychotic medications are often used – in fact they are over-used – to "manage" people with dementia. This is against clinical guidelines.
Knowing why patients on anti-psychotics gain weight may help researchers learn more about human attentional bias and food.
The physiological changes at the onset of schizophrenia are as marked as the mental changes, new study finds.
Using antipsychotics off licence is causing more problems than it solves.
Cannabidiol shows promise in treating psychosis in a placebo controlled trial.
The evidence so far suggests off-label prescribing for insomnia places users at unnecessary risk of harm.
Quetiapine, sold under the brand name Seroquel, is a short-acting antipsychotic drug to treat major mental illnesses. It has also been increasingly prescribed off-label for insomnia.
The symptoms of 'schizophrenia' are very real, but experts are looking for a better way to define them.
Damn you, dopamine.
Dopamine: a powerful substance that is much more than just a pleasure chemical.
Schizophrenia is a complex disorder affecting how an individual thinks, feels and acts. New research has found that people with certain genetic errors are more susceptible to the disorder.
How someone suffering from schizophrenia responds to treatment and manages their disorder is dependent on errors in their genes, according to new research.
Entry to prison presents an opportunity to identify mental illnesses and provide treatment that will continue after release.
Our research suggests one in three people taken into police custody are likely to be receiving psychiatric treatment at the time.
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According to a study of Vermont doctors, best practice guidelines for prescribing antipsychotic medication to children are followed only half the time.
Children exhibit signs of psychotic illness in very rare cases.
News this week that as many as 100,000 prescriptions for anti-psychotics were written for Australian children in 2013 is cause for concern. Though the drugs may be appropriate in a small number of cases…
From textbook to real-world application.
People have wanted to understand our motivations, thoughts and behaviours since the ancient Greeks inscribed “know thyself” on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. And understanding the brain’s place in health…
A psychotic episode can be a one-off event or an ongoing illness, but it’s currently difficult to predict.
Psychotic illness is a relatively rare but often severe form of mental illness, affecting around one in 100 people at some point in their lives. It most commonly begins in adolescence and early adulthood…
Psychotropic drugs are often used to control the behaviour of people with dementia in aged care.
Psychotropic drugs are being over-used in Australian aged-care facilities to chemically restrain residents, according to both researchers and several government reports. But despite all this attention…
Bipolar isn’t psychotic.
Antipsychotic drugs are usually considered to be one of the 20th century’s major medical breakthroughs. They are often believed to be so effective that they brought about the closure of the old mental…