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what are the signs and symptoms of schizophrenia?

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Dr. Charles Barnhart
Psychiatry 48 years experience
See below: Disorganized thoughts, hallucinations (especially auditory), illogical or paranoid ideas, social withdrawal, trouble with decision-making, schizophrenia should be diagnosed by a psychiatrist. It's a tough disorder but usually manageable with medications. One of the great hindrances is the reluctance of many schizophrenics to see that they are sick.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sxs: Schizophrenia has positive, negative & cognitive sxs. A person with positive sxs loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative sxs: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of every day functions; losing motivation; inability to carry out plans & isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding what is going on.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
Symptoms : Of schizophrenia Include seeing and hearing things that are not there or fearing that you are being followed when it is not happening could be a sign of schizophrenia. A psychiatrist or psychologist can help evaluate whether someone has schizophrenia.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Schizophrenia: Positive sx’s of schizophrenia can include delusions & hallucinations (visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, gustatory). Disorganized symptoms can include disorganized or catatonic behaviors. Negative sx’s lead to lack of normal function w social decline (Lack of affect, Impoverished speech, poor motivation, lack of enjoyment, & social withdrawal).

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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?

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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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A 25-year-old member asked:

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 45-year-old member asked:

How is schizophrenia inherited?

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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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