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what are the negative side effects of schizophrenia?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Negative Symptoms: Negative symptoms of schizoprhenia can include: feeling anxious or depressed, socially isolating, lack of interest in activities, problems with sleep and appetite & poor concentration.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

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.
A 21-year-old member asked:

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".
A 41-year-old member asked:

Does smoking weed cause schizophrenia?

4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
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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A 25-year-old member asked:

Can orthomolecular medicine help with schizophrenia?

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Dr. Pejman Katiraei
Holistic Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: Functional medicine is similar to orthomed. Some people with schizophrenia have mutations with methylation (like mthfr gene mutation). These defects completely throw off balanced production and elimination of important neurochemicals. Supplementation with methylb12, activated folate (folic acid) (5mthf), b6... In the right person can produce dramatic results. Quest or labcorp can run mthfr for $110...
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Family Medicine 60 years experience
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A 45-year-old member asked:

How is schizophrenia inherited?

2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Not sure: While there is a lot of evidence that schizophrenia runs in families, the specific genes have been hard to figure out. It seems that the genetics are complicated because there is also a strong effect from environmental stressors like exposures by fetuses to certain viruses. There is also a newer idea called epigenetics in which the environment affects these genes that are related to schizophrenia.

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