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Life is an adventure. Sometimes I yearn for boredom, yet it never comes. This is an account of my struggles & triumphs- my struggle to know God & understand the "why" behind it all. "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain" This is just me - learning to dance - sometimes gracefully, but most the time - stepping on my 2 left feet..

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Help for Psychosis

Today I had the opportunity to attend a conference call with the Director of NAMI, Dr. Ken Duckworth.  The call was to address various issues in adolescent mental health.  I found it extremely interesting.  Because some of the parents that read my blog have mentally ill children , I wanted to share something that I was amazed at. 

One woman asked a question about the various drugs for psychosis and how they related to suicidal tendencies -- off of this question came a discussion about a double blind study pertaining to fish oil.  Dr Duckworth cautioned never to stop the medication prescribed for your child, but encouraged anyone who had a child that experienced psychosis to talk to their doctor about this study.  It showed very promising results.

Basically the study took several young people who were predisposition to have phychosis and conducted a study with no other medication than fish oil.  The study showed a dramatic drop in phychosis in patients using the fish oil.  Dr Duckworth said they would be redoing the study and it was his opinion that the directors of the study could very well be the next Nobel Prize recipients.

To view an overview of this study go to www.webmd.com/schizophrenia/news/20100201/fish-oil-vs-psychosis   For the actual medical overview go to http://archpsyc.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/67/2/146

Hope this helps someone out there.

Dancing in Knowledge,



  1. Absolutely! I've been telling people about this for a long time, but most people don't believe it. The brain NEEDS fats!! My family is on a high fat/protein low sugar/starch diet. We eat much less starch than recommended by the USDA because it spikes insulin and causes weight gain. We eat good saturated fats (like butter). Studies have shown that fat is and protein are good for kids with behavior problems. Imagine a child with a history of neglect - his brain needs fat to develop, so give it to him! Thanks for the post!

  2. I have both my boys on Fish Oil and have for years.