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Gina L. Henderson, Editor, Clinical Psychiatry News (ghenderson@frontlinemedcom.com)

Schizophrenia is among the cruelest of mental illnesses. Some patients see things that aren’t there; others hear voices that insult, threaten, and shame. Often, symptoms of schizophrenia emerge during adolescence.

That was the case for Maggie, a patient whose story we recount in a video interview on the new Frontline Medical Communications microsite called Schizophrenia Journey. Thanks to a supportive family (mainly her mother, Maureen), a treatment program tailored to meet her needs, and her strong will and intelligence, Maggie is living a fulfilling life in recovery.

Maggie’s story is just one of the highlights found on Schizophrenia Journey (http://schizophreniajourney.com/). Other articles and videos on the site explore whether creative artists are vulnerable to mental illness, the role prenatal choline might have in preventing the disease, the cost of the illness, and treatment programs that have helped patients deal with the illness.

Schizophrenia Journey is the product of a team of medical journalists with many years of experience producing content for the practicing physician. Our first official Journey site, The Endometriosis Journey (http://www.endometriosisjourney.com/journeys/home/?oc_slh), is led by Ob.Gyn News Editor Mary Ellen Schneider. The original idea for developing a multimedia product on a single disease state with a focus on patients’ voices came from reporter Michele G. Sullivan, whose prototype site is called The Alzheimer’s Journey (http://www.thealzheimersjourney.com/). Their efforts have given us an established approach for launching similar sites.

We are excited about this new editorial product. Over the next few months, we will continue to add evidence-based content that will prove useful to psychiatrists in their everyday clinical practice.

For more information, contact Tracey Sears, publisher of Clinical Psychiatry News (tsears@frontlinemedcom.com, 973-290-8212).

 

 

 

 

 

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