Emerging Treatment for Schizophrenia, June 2024 blog

Emerging Treatments for Schizophrenia in the Pipeline

After more than 70 years of antipsychotic medications that are mere iterations of earlier discoveries, a door may have cracked open to offer better options for individuals struggling with severe mental illness. There is much more research to be done, said Dr. Jacob Ballon, who specializes in the treatment of individuals with psychotic disorders including schizophrenia and is Co-Director of the INSPIRE Clinic at Stanford.

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When Hormone Floodgates Affect Mood Disorders

Mental illness has never been a one-size-fits-all neurological disorder, and in women’s health the intersection between hormones and mood can further complicate life. But it doesn’t have to be that way said physician Karen Adams, director at Stanford University School of Medicine for Menopause and Healthy Aging. Understanding major depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder during perimenopause and menopause can help women predisposed or diagnosed with a mental illness get through this transitional phase.

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What is TRUST? How Does It Work?

By Moryt Milo Momentum for Health Community Collaborator Paula Giannoni is on a mission to educate the community about Santa Clara County’s newest mobile field team that’s dispatched to individuals in the midst of a mental health or substance use crisis. TRUST, short for Trusted Response Urgent Support Team, is the only non-law-enforcement crisis team…

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High Demand for School-based Counseling

By Moryt Milo Nationwide, headlines describe teens in emotional crisis, struggling with high levels of anxiety and depression. Yet, many have questioned whether the news is overblown. Counselors and therapists working with teens said the crisis is real. The pandemic laid it bare, with parent referrals skyrocketing by 700% for mental health services, CASSY Executive…

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NAMI Gave Aakash Desai a Lifeline and He Gave Back

By Moryt Milo Aakash Desai had a career trajectory similar to other young adults in Silicon Valley. He graduated from high school with an aptitude in computer science and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering, followed by an MBA. For the first ten years of his tech career, he…

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A Special Needs Trust Gives Families Control

By Moryt Milo For parents whose children have mental health conditions, the question of who cares for them once they are gone is ever present. Mark Gilfix, a partner at Gilfix & La Poll Associates and an expert in special needs planning, said this fear can be abated with the right tools. Once established, these…

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49er President Talks About the Loss of his Sister to Mental Health

By Moryt Milo Paraag Marathe, President of 49ers Enterprises and Executive Vice President of Football Operations, negotiates football contracts, maintains a competitive salary cap for the organization, and was charged with figuring out where to put a new football stadium. But when it came to his sister’s battle with mental illness, he was confronted with…

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Is the Governor’s Plan to Amend MHSA the Right Move?

By Moryt Milo For close to 20 years, California’s Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) has been a lifeline for a number of behavioral health care programs not covered by Medi-Cal. Come March 2024, some of that funding could shift dramatically if voters approve the referendum on the ballot. Proposition 1, as it will be known,…

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NAMI-Santa Clara County Protests to Save 18 Inpatient Beds

By Moryt Milo On the last day of July, the weather was hot and the energy was electric as mental health advocates rallied in front of Good Samaritan Hospital to protest the closure of 18 inpatient psychiatric beds at Mission Oaks Hospital in Los Gatos. Mission Oaks, part of San Jose-based Good Samaritan Hospital, is…

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Silicon Valley family exposes need to reform conservatorship law

By Moryt Milo California State Sen. Susan Eggman has authored a bill, SB 43, that would revise the language in the Lanterman Petris Short (LPS) Conservatorship law. The 56-year-old law’s definition of “gravely disabled” is too subjective many families argue, and they hope the bill will reach Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk. Under current law, individuals…

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