In modern society, where academia is an integral aspect of professional fields, and a constantly growing body of bright minds and researchers, it is unsurprising that a veritable sea of academic journals are published each month, quarter, or year. Rounding up the prominent studies and touching upon extant wisdom worth revisiting, these journals create the basis for understanding and cooperation within professional communities. In the field of psychology, an impressive number of journals focus on everything from adolescent development to Alzheimer’s. Yet when it comes to schizophrenia, the selection is limited to journals that grapple with what little we understand about the condition and its etiology.
The entrance for Psychosis, then, couldn’t be more timely. The journal, which will focus on “psychological, social, and integrative approaches” to the treatment of schizophrenia and related disorders, is being published in the United Kingdom. The first issue, recently released, features a review of the scarce yet valuable studies performed to ascertain the effectiveness of psycho-social support, rather than anti-psychotic medications, on patients diagnosed with schizophrenia.
The review was headed by Dr. John Bola, who hails from the University of Southern California, and made the resounding observation that psychotherapy and social support when administered in the early phases of the disorder have consistently yielded more positive results than batteries of drugs. A welcome revelation in a society eager to over-medicate, the review marks an excellent beginning for the new journal. As both medical and cognitive science evolve and improve, Psychosis may well be the center stage for the long-sought answers to the mysteries of schizophrenia, and prove that all those academic journals are ripe with the potential to bring about meaningful change. The journal officially launches in June at the ISPS Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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