hallucinations

To investigate the biological origins of hearing “voices” in patients with schizophrenia, a team led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai used ultra-high field imaging to compare the auditory cortex of schizophrenic patients with healthy individuals. They found that schizophrenic patients who experienced auditory hallucinations had abnormal tonotopic organization of… Read more

Contemplate how a person’s life would be changed by starting to hear or see things others can’t. Now imagine it could offer something good. A research team from Hull University and associated NHS trusts in the UK suggest that, among the tumult, hallucinations can also offer opportunities for growth. Writing in the Journal of Psychology… Read more

Is Delirium Dangerous?

The woman suffered two strokes in succession. The first was minor and her condition improved quickly. The second came on suddenly and was more severe. Luckily she was able to receive clot-busting medication and the stroke went away in less than an hour, but then something odd happened: she became confused, disoriented and insisted on… Read more

A microRNA that may be essential to restoring normal function in a brain circuit associated with the “voices” and other hallucinations of schizophrenia has been identified by scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The finding provides a potential target for antipsychotic drug development. The work was conducted in a mouse model of a human… Read more

Hearing voices that other people can’t is a meaningful experience. Like dreams, they can usually be understood in terms of one’s life experiences. Within mental health services, however, the prevailing medical model means some practitioners pay attention only to their presence, not their meaning. Psychiatry’s diagnostic bibles, the American DSM-5 and the World Health Organisation’s… Read more