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what could i do to determine if i have schizophrenia?

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Dr. Leonard Lado
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Aware of illness: Many individuals with schizophrenia are unaware of the symptoms and consequences of their illness. Unawareness of schizophrenia is linked to poorer adherence to treatment and is a risk factor for a range of poorer outcomes. If you suspect of having ask your physician about taking the mini 6.0 online in your home. It is a computerized test that is used as standard for clnical trials and diagnosis.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
You may not: There are many illnesses that can cause symptoms of schizophrenia. First see your family doctor as medical/neurological disorders can cause symptoms. If medically cleared, you doc can refer you to a psychiatrist in your area for an evaluation.

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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.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How can I determine whether I have a schizophrenia?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Schizophrenia?: You cannot tell if you have schizophrenia on your own. The fact that you are concerned means you should seek professional help. Call your family doctor for an appointment to discuss this and get proper examination and assessment.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How can I determine what type of schizophrenia I have?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
To determine it,: It is important that you speak to a professional. If you are seeing and hearing things and fearing that you are being followed it could be a sign of schizophrenia. They can help start the process of evaluating what is wrong.

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