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how bad does schizophrenia get?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Horrible: Severe schizophrenia can destroy a person's life--and that of the family too. Some do not respond to any available treatments or have debilitating side effects from them. They can be constantly terrified, hounded by voices and hallucinations and plagued by horrific delusions of horrible things that are going to happen. It frequently is a chronic disorder, so improvements may be transitory.
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Beyond psychosis: I agree completely with dr. Elliott that psychotic symptoms such as hallucination and delusions can be severe. Worst thing about schizophrenia is that even when hallucinations and delusions are resolved, lack of motivation and cognitive problems will remain debilitating. Rehabilitation is needed to address these problems even when psychotic symptoms have been controlled with medication.
Dr. Heather Luing
Psychiatry 18 years experience
The longer schizophrenia goes untreated or inadequately treated, the more severe it is likely to become. This is why early treatment and delaying time to relapse is so important.
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Schizophrenia : Imagine the worst nightmare you've ever had, and not being able to turn it off. Imagine having little to no access to competent care. The terror of schizophrenia cannot be overstated for those who suffer from it unchecked. How bad can it get? It can result in repeated violence and suicide.

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How is schizophrenia diagnosed? How can I tell if someone has schizophrenia?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Clinical exam: Schizophrenia is diagnosed by a medical expert, like a psychiatrist, who interviews the individual to identify specific thinking patterns and symptoms. It is not diagnosed until symptoms have been present for many months, because symptoms of psychosis can improve on their own. The primary symptoms to look for are evidence of bizarre delusions or hallucinations.
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How is schizophrenia treated?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Medications mainly: Schizophrenia is treated by medications called anti-psychotics. They are prescribed by psychiatrists, who also engage patients in some "talk therapy".
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Does smoking weed cause schizophrenia?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
No: However it could unmask a latent schizophrenic process. "weed" at times causes euphoria and some feelings of paranoia. Hallucinations are not unusual either. Both are components of schizophrenia. In the 70's IV sedative hypnotics were used if one suspected schizophrenia but it wasn't clear. It would at times unmask schizophrenia symptoms of paranoia & hallucinations. Ethically it isn't done now.
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Can orthomolecular medicine help with schizophrenia?

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Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 57 years experience
No good evidence: Scientific studies do not support its efficacy for schizophrenia.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How come i get really bad headaches when i speak about my schizophrenia?

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Read below: I have never heard of this happening in schizophrenia, but it is extremely common in dissociative disorders. It is very easy to confuse the two. If you have amnesia and a history of childhood trauma, i would seek out a psychologist or psychiatrist who specializes in differentiating between the two. Some people have both, and it is the dissociative part that causes the headaches.

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