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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Overview)

A mental disorder with positive, negative, and cognitive symptoms. A person with positive symptoms loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative symptoms: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of everyday functions; losing motivation; the inability to carry out plans in isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding what is going on.


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How does schizophrenia affect certain sections of the brain?

How does schizophrenia affect certain sections of the brain?

Multiple areas: In schizophrenia there are multiple areas affected such as marked reductions in gray matter, decreased brain volume and activity in patients. Other structural changes include larger ventricles and basal nuclei. Please see the image provided which provides a good overview of all areas involved.

Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Overview)

A mental disorder with positive, negative, and cognitive symptoms. A person with positive symptoms loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative symptoms: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of everyday functions; losing motivation; the inability to carry out plans in isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding what is going on.


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How to tell if these are early symptom of schizophrenia?

How to tell if these are early symptom of schizophrenia?

What symptoms?: Please ask the question again and clarify what symptoms you are experiencing.

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Schizophrenia (Tip)

My mind is calm even in the midst of chaos. ...See more

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Living with Schizophrenia (Checklist)

Call your doctor or go to ER if you experience worsening of symptoms
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What are symptoms of schizophrenia?

See DSM-IV-TR: You need to meet a group of criteria to be diagnosed with schizophrenia. People will have auditory hallucinations, bizarre delusion, paranoid thoughts, disorganized thought process. The symptoms have to cause a significant disfunction in social or occupational environment. The symptoms have to be present for 6 month or less of adequately treated. Symptoms can not be explained by drugs or medical.

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Are there early childhood signs of schizophrenia?

Are there early childhood signs of schizophrenia?

YES: A good number of people who are diagnosed with schizophrenia as adults have evidence of information processing irregularity in childhood.

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Schizophrenia (Tip)

You can not expect the form of thought to make sense when said by a schiz. ...See more

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Is part of the diagnosis of schizophrenia to doubt diagnosis?

Is part of the diagnosis of schizophrenia to doubt diagnosis?

It can be: People with psychotic disorders may lack insight into their illness. Most people don't want to have something wrong with them, so "denial" is common in many people struggling with psychiatric problems.

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How do you diagnose schizophrenia? I think my dad has it but I can't be sure?

How do you diagnose schizophrenia? I think my dad has it but I can't be sure?

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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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Schizophrenia (Tip)

It can start in the early 20s. ...See more

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Why is poor grooming part of the diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia? Is it different from poor grooming found in other disorders like depression?

Why is poor grooming part of the diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia? Is it different from poor grooming found in other disorders like depression?

Poor grooming: Along with delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech & behavior, and negative symptoms like affective flattening, part of the criteria for schizophrenia include social/occupational dysfunction. Self-care can be part of this, and lack of it can show in poor grooming. Depressed people may also have poor self-care and/or grooming, but their overall symptom picture differs from schizophrenia.

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Where can I find a test for schizophrenia online?

Don't self-diagnose: You need to see a professional to see if you think you may have schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a major life-long illness, requiring on-going treatment with big-time medications. Please take better care of yourself. Don't use an online test for something so potentially serious. Call your local community mental health center and ask how they can help you afford a legitimate evaluation.

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Dr. Emma Rishton Dr. Rishton
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Schizophrenia (Tip)

"my mind has been both my best friend and my worst enemy, " says elyn saks. ...See more

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How can I be certain that I need tests for schizophrenia?

If you're asking...: The fact that you are asking the question suggests that something is happening to you that needs assessment. If you are having "unusual experiences" such as hearing voices or seeing things others don't see--not related to drug use--or otherwise are finding yourself having a harder time with general thinking processes, get an assessment. It may be something else entirely, but you should find out.

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My friend has schizophrenia and I want to know if she will turn violent ?

My friend has schizophrenia and I want to know if she will turn violent ?

Schizophrenia : It is not common but possible to see aggression in subtype of schizophrenia called paranoid schizophrenia when they are under the influence of illicit substances.

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Schizophrenia (Tip)

This needs to be treated early on, not when it's worse. ...See more

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Does schizophrenia mean split personalities? I heard that in the old movies?

Does schizophrenia mean split personalities? I heard that in the old movies?

Not like in oldmovies: 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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Can you tell me about drugs used to treat schizophrenia?

Can you tell me about drugs used to treat schizophrenia?

Different ones: Antipsychotic medications are used to treat the hallucinations and delusions associated with schizophrenia. There are 20 different ones. Treatment for schizophrenia is best provided by a board certified psychiatrist. Antipsychotic medications require careful monitoring, especially as schizophrenia is a chronic condition. I like Invega sustenna (paliperidone palmitate) which is an injection that lasts one month.

Dr. Jane Steiner Dr. Steiner
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Schizophrenia (Tip)

Join nami. It is an invaluable resource and support. ...See more

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How is schizophrenia treated? 

Medications mainly: Schizophrenia is treated by medications called anti-psychotics. They are prescribed by psychiatrists, who also engage patients in some "talk therapy".

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