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Does schizophrenia affect (reduce) intelligence? perhaps it affect it indirectly? perhaps different people have different situations? if it does, what is the best to do to minimize the loss of intelligence? thanks?

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Dr. Robert Zagar answered

Specializes in Adolescent Medicine

There is 100 years research showing schizophrenia impacts frontal lobe higher cortical function intelligence. Machine learning internet tests computer generated algorithmic MMPI-2 (90 years of research, 19,000 empirical studies, 250+ appellate court cases are better than interviews , medical exams, paper tests. Education improves IQ as does Mozart music.

Answered Jun 26, 2021

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Dr. Bennett Machanic answered

Specializes in Neurology

There are multiple components to what is termed intelligence, and yes, schizophrenia does indeed affect portions of cognitive function. There are some reports of increased incidence of dementia in older chronic patients. Minimizing cognitive loss or enhancing intellectual abilities cannot be answered simply, other than to say, get treatment for any medical, neurological, or psychiatric disorders

Answered Jun 28, 2021

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