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How to diagnose a schizophrenia?

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Dr. Ayman Jabr
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Self dissociation : At leas 6 weeks of total lack of interest on daily activity ; audio and visual hallucination ; pressured speech ; flight of ideas and repeating words and lack of responsibility; and poor interpersonal hygiene.
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Difficult: Diagnosing schizophrenia early on, is difficult but critical. Look for new problems in school or on a job. Pay attention to social isolation and new onset of odd beliefs. When in doubt, consult a professional. Early treatment leads to the best outcomes.
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Dr. Ayman Jabr commented
Family Medicine 30 years experience
AGREE
Feb 3, 2012
Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
What's Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia is a brain disease affecting one percent of the population. It usually begins in one's late teens or early 20s and is characterized by a disturbance of one's thoughts called psychosis. Psychosis is when a person has delusions and/or hallucinations. Other conditions can cause psychosis as well. The most common form is paranoid schizophrenia.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Psychiatric eval: By definition, schizophrenia is about psychosis. Psychosis means the patient is getting external stimuli from the environment through one or more of his or her five senses, that does not objectively exist. In other words there are auditory,visual, olfactory, gustatory, and tactile hallucinations that can be experienced by the patient. Auditory hallucinations, however, are the most common.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how is schizophrenia diagnosed?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Symptoms: First, schizophrenia (scz) has it's most common age of onset in the late teens or early 20s. A new diagnosis of scz for someone over the age of 40 is unusual. Then, the symptoms have to do with something called psychosis, i.e. Hallucinations and/or delusions. Finally, there are other conditions which may cause a person to become psychotic, including some physical causes. A psychiatrist can help.
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How is someone diagnosed with schizophrenia?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Schizophrenia is a: serious diagnosis. A mental health professional makes such a diagnosis. Symptoms can include hearing voices, seeing things, paranoia, etc. Many schizophrenics do very well in life. They often need medication. A psychiatrist, rather than the family doc, is the appropriate person for medication in this case. Peace and good health.
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How do doctors diagnose schizophrenia?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Diagnosis is: made by history, observation and input from relatives/ significant others. Mayo Clinic Defines Schizophrenia as “a severe brain disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally. Schizophrenia may result in some combination of hallucinations, delusions, and extremely disordered thinking and behavior.”

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