Schizophrenia Program

Browse our news and publications or find information on upcoming events in the Schizophrenia Program.

07/15/2014: #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

01/07/2014: Longer-term varenicline treatment improves tobacco abstinence for people with serious mental illness

Extended treatment with the smoking cessation drug varenicline significantly improved the ability of individuals with serious mental illness to maintain abstinence from tobacco after a standard 12-week course of treatment.

04/09/2013: Google searches about mental illness follow seasonal patterns

A new study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that Google searches for information across all major mental illnesses and problems followed seasonal patterns, suggesting mental illness may be more strongly linked with seasonal patterns than previously thought.

03/06/2013: Folate and vitamin B12 supplementation reduces disabling schizophrenia symptoms in patients with specific gene variants

Adding the dietary supplements folate and vitamin B12 to treatment with antipsychotic medication improved a core symptom component of schizophrenia in a study of more than 100 patients.

04/03/2011: Antipsychotics and the Shrinking Brain

Dr. Donald C. Goff discusses, in an article for the Psychiatric Times, previous findings published in the February 2011 issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry that examined the relationship between long-term antipsychotic treatment and brain volume in first-episode schizophrenia patients.

09/10/2010: The Latest in Schizophrenia Treatment

Dr. Donald C. Goff writes about the latest findings in the treatment for schizophrenia. The article was published in the Fall 2010 edition of the NAMI Advocate.

09/06/2010: Getting ahead of trouble

The First-Episode and Early Psychosis Program (FEPP) at Massachusetts General Hospital made the news recently, as the benefits of their early detection and treatment program were recognized.

02/03/2007: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Schizophrenia - An Indepth Interview with Experts

During the past year has covered the increasing number of positive research reports on the use of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as a new complementary treatment for schizophrenia. Dr. Gottlieb and Dr. Cather of Massachusetts General Hospital were interviewed to help our readers better understand the positive effects of CBT.

06/27/2014: Mindscapes Summer 2014

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Dr. Joshua Roffman’s research and recent awards are highlighted in faculty news.

08/29/2013: Mindscapes Summer 2013

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Elissa Freud and Steve Willis Help Advance Research in Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia.

01/23/2013: Mindscapes Winter 2013

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The Inaugural Donald C. Goff, MD Lecture in Schizophrenia is highlighted.

08/21/2012: Mindscapes Summer 2012

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Dr. David Henderson Named Schizophrenia Program Director.

10/10/2010: Mindscapes Fall 2010

Treating genetic deficit linked to negative symptoms in schizophrenia
Dr. Josh Roffman contributes with an article which discusses using nutritional supplements to improve treatment of patients with schizophrenia.

11/09/2013: 11th Annual Schizophrenia Education Day

A free educational program for patients, families, and friends on how recent advances in treatment can help improve the lives of patients and their families

11/10/2012: 10th Annual Schizophrenia Education Day

A free educational program for patients, families, and friends reviewing the progress made in the care of patients.

Schizophrenia Patient Slideshow

View a collection of photos and testimonials from some of the patients currently in the schizophrenia program.

David's Story

Watch David tell his story of recovery and first experiences with psychosis.

Adam's Story

Adam recounts his story and experiences with Schizophrenia.

Jonathan's Story

Hear from Jonathan as he talks about his experiences with schizophrenia and psychosis.

Schizophrenia: Does it take a long time to find the right medication?

David and Adam talk about their experiences in finding the right medication.

Schizophrenia: What Advice do you have for family members?

Hear from all three guest speakers as they talk about advice for family members.

Schizophrenia: What kind of therapy helps?

David talks about building trusting relationships and how that has played a significant role in therapy.

Schizophrenia: How do you cope with ongoing symptoms?

David, Jonathan and Adam discuss their experiences in dealing with ongoing symptoms.

Schizophrenia: Did the voices ever tell you to kill yourself or stop your medication?

Adam answers the question about experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Schizophrenia: What helped you decide to take medication?

Hear from all three guest speakers as they talk about how they made the decision to take medication .