Schizophrenia & Psychotic Disorders

When assessing the value of a reward, people with schizophrenia have difficulty integrating information about the size of the reward and the probability of receiving it, according to a published study.


Psychiatric Disorders DNA

Five major psychiatric disorders—autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and schizophrenia—share underlying genetic variants, according to the results of a genome-wide analysis published in the online February 28 Lancet.

Complications of schizophrenia

Metabolic complications of schizophrenia are significantly less common early in the course of the disease and become much more common—and difficult to treat—as schizophrenia progresses.

Facial emotion in schizophrenia

Children at high risk for schizophrenia may have difficulty distinguishing subtle differences in facial emotions, but these children may benefit from early interventions that teach them how to recognize emotions in faces.

CAINS scale

The Clinical Assessment Interview for Negative Systems (CAINS) is an effective, empirically developed, and validated tool for measuring negative symptoms in schizophrenia, according to Ann M. Kring, PhD, of the University of California in Berkeley, and colleagues.

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