Diagnosis & Disease Information

Study ID’s Coping Strategies Used by Schizophrenia Patients to Manage Symptoms

A qualitative study published in the journal Psychiatry Services aimed to identify the various coping strategies used by patients recovering from schizophrenia, adding to the somewhat limited information available about how individuals manage their schizophrenia.  Researchers at the Los Angeles Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System enrolled 20 patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia who experienced at…

A Burning Question: Can Pyrotherapy Treat Psychosis?

Pyrotherapy is “the use of fever to treat disease.”1 This ancient modality can be traced as far back as Hippocrates, who noted the beneficial effects of malaria on epilepsy. Subsequently, Galen noticed that fever had a beneficial effect on psychiatric illness. Other early physicians to make this connection were Pinel (1745-1826), Esquirol (1772-1840), Briquet (1796-1881),…