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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Acute Schizophrenia (Overview)

This term refers to an episode or exacerbation of schizophrenia. This disorder is associated with hallucinations and delusions that may worsen or improve over time, as well as difficulty with clear thinking and social relationships. An acute episode would be associated with a significant worsening of delusions and hallucinations.


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Can you find help if you have acute schizophrenia?

Can you find help if you have acute schizophrenia?

With a Specialist: A board certified psychiatrist is the one with the most expertise in the treatment of schizophrenia. I would therefore recommend that specialist for such treatment. This is because SCZ is a very serious condition, but can be often controlled with proper treatment. One may or may not be found to have Schizophrenia, which is a chronic brain disease affecting one percent of the population Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
20 Doctors shared insights

Acute Schizophrenia (Overview)

This term refers to an episode or exacerbation of schizophrenia. This disorder is associated with hallucinations and delusions that may worsen or improve over time, as well as difficulty with clear thinking and social relationships. An acute episode would be associated with a significant worsening of delusions and hallucinations.


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What are the symptoms of acute schizophrenia?

What are the symptoms of acute schizophrenia?

The "Positive" signs: The most common (+) symptoms of acute schizophrenia are some or all of the following:
lack of insight, auditory hallucinations (hearing sounds, voices or music), delusions of persecution, suspiciousness
flat mood, thoughts spoken aloud & mood disturbance. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Acute 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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Cousin was just diagnosed with acute schizophrenia. What is this?

Cousin was just diagnosed with acute schizophrenia. What is this?

Major mental illness: Schizophrenia is a mental illness that involves changes in perception, thoughts and behavior. Often the symptoms that occur are described as either acute or chronic. In the case of acute, onset of symptoms (hallucinations, delusions, incoherence) are sudden and may last for several weeks. In contrast, chronic symptoms are are similar, albeit long-term. (see www. Nimh. Nih. Gov). ...Read more

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What does "acute schizophrenia" mean?

What does "acute schizophrenia" mean?

Newer Symptoms: Acute schizophrenia usually refers to the onset of symptoms in a previously healthy person. This is often a young adult who is beginning to show odd behavior over a relatively short period of time. Such symptoms can include delusions, hallucinations, and disordered thinking (illogical or incoherent speech). This contrasts with "chronic schizophrenia, " which relates to long-term symptom patterns. ...Read more

Dr. Roger Coger Dr. Coger
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Acute schizophrenia (Tip)

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

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Treating Acute Bronchitis (Checklist)

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What is the treatment for acute schizophrenia?

What is the treatment for acute schizophrenia?

Antipsychotics: Primarily antipsychotic medications. At least those are the foundation of treatment. But additional treatments may be needing as augmentation. ...Read more

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Would 6 months of accute psychotic stage before starting medication mean bad prognosis for schizophrenia?

Would 6 months of accute psychotic stage before starting medication mean bad prognosis for schizophrenia?

No: The literature indicates the sooner treatment is started, the better the result. However, good results can happen even if treatment is started later in the disease process. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Acute schizophrenia (Tip)

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

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Can you please explain to me how to identify an acute episode of schizophrenia?

Can you please explain to me how to identify an acute episode of schizophrenia?

Psychosis: Schizophrenia can present a number of different ways. One is psychosocial withdrawal, lack of motivation, a distant look in the eyes, a near confusional appearance, lack of attending to hygiene and appropriate clothing. A definite change in personality is noted. If paranoia's present the person may have auditory hallucinations that talk at the inside their head or have a running dialogue going on about their behavior inside their mind. They may feel that people can magically read their minds. They may also feel that their thoughts are being broadcast out to other people, that their thoughts can be heard a loud outside their minds, and that they can magically put thoughts into the minds of others or the others may magically steal thoughts from their minds. They may exhibit a lack of motivation. Bizarre rituals may also be noted. Vocational, educational, and relational abilities are frequently harmed to a great degree. ...Read more

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What is "acute schizophrenia"?

No such thing: As far as I'm aware, there is no such thing as "acute schizophrenia". Symptoms must be present at least 6 months in order to call the disorder schizophrenia. However, there can be an acute exacerbation or episode of schizophrenia, which means that the previously diagnosed disorder has suddenly become more symptomatic. This often requires short-term hospitalization to re-stabilize the patient. ...Read more

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Acute schizophrenia (Tip)

Talk to your doctor by discussing your medication, positive activities ; support system suggestions. ...See more

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What does "acute schizophrenia" mean?

Newer Symptoms: Acute schizophrenia usually refers to the onset of symptoms in a previously healthy person. This is often a young adult who is beginning to show odd behavior over a relatively short period of time. Such symptoms can include delusions, hallucinations, and disordered thinking (illogical or incoherent speech). This contrasts with "chronic schizophrenia, " which relates to long-term symptom patterns. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of acute schizophrenia?

The "Positive" signs: The most common (+) symptoms of acute schizophrenia are some or all of the following:
lack of insight, auditory hallucinations (hearing sounds, voices or music), delusions of persecution, suspiciousness
flat mood, thoughts spoken aloud & mood disturbance. ...Read more

Dr. Emma Rishton Dr. Rishton
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Acute schizophrenia (Tip)

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

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Can you find help if you have acute schizophrenia?

With a Specialist: A board certified psychiatrist is the one with the most expertise in the treatment of schizophrenia. I would therefore recommend that specialist for such treatment. This is because SCZ is a very serious condition, but can be often controlled with proper treatment. One may or may not be found to have Schizophrenia, which is a chronic brain disease affecting one percent of the population Good luck. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with acute schizophrenia- what is this?

I was just diagnosed with acute schizophrenia- what is this?

Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia is a group of brain disorders that make people interpret reality abnormally. It's usually chronic, but can have acute worsening. There can be hallucinations, delusions, difficulty speaking and organizing thoughts, thought disorder, social withdrawal, neglect of personal hygiene, trouble paying attention ; remembering, etc. Suicidal thoughts can be intense. Treatment required. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Acute schizophrenia (Tip)

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

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What is the definition or description of: acute schizophrenia?

What is the definition or description of: acute schizophrenia?

Acute Schizophrenia: This term refers to an episode or exacerbation of schizophrenia. This disorder is associated with hallucinations and delusions that may worsen or improve over time, as well as difficulty with clear thinking and social relationships. An acute episode would be associated with a significant worsening of delusions and hallucinations. ...Read more

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Cousin was just diagnosed with acute schizophrenia. What is this?

Major mental illness: Schizophrenia is a mental illness that involves changes in perception, thoughts and behavior. Often the symptoms that occur are described as either acute or chronic. In the case of acute, onset of symptoms (hallucinations, delusions, incoherence) are sudden and may last for several weeks. In contrast, chronic symptoms are are similar, albeit long-term. (see www. Nimh. Nih. Gov). ...Read more

Dr. Jane Steiner Dr. Steiner
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Acute schizophrenia (Tip)

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

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Hello doctors, what does the term "acute schizophrenia" mean?

Worse than usually: Schizophrenia's symptoms can ebb and flow. An acute episode often is much worse than usual and, hopefully, return to the usual level after a short time. During this period safety and care are needed fast as delusions, hallucinations, disorganization mood may all be very unstable and intense. Take care and when things are back to usual - ask the doctor to explain what to expect clearly. ...Read more

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Hello docs, is acute schizophrenia a really bad thing to have?

Yes: Schizophrenia is always bad to have if you really have the diagnosis. I would make sure that you get evaluated by a psychiatrist or psychologist to confirm the diagnosis. Stay safe! ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Acute schizophrenia (Tip)

What do I do when my mind is telling me to do something that's not right, or people are after me. ...See more

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What is the treatment for acute schizophrenia?

Antipsychotics: Primarily antipsychotic medications. At least those are the foundation of treatment. But additional treatments may be needing as augmentation. ...Read more

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What's acute schizophrenia, undifferentiated schizophrenia and simple schizophrenia? Is there a difference? Are they the same? The symptoms?

What's acute schizophrenia, undifferentiated schizophrenia and simple schizophrenia? Is there a difference? Are they the same? The symptoms?

BOTTOM LINE: A psychiatrist is in a position to evaluate and prescribe medication (usually necessary) and other modalities. Psychosis needs help.
If you're asking about someone else, talk with the treating therapist and try to become part of the process. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Ho Dr. Ho
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How common is schizophrenia?

Dr. Andrew Ho Dr. Ho
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About 1%: Of general population, but may be higher or lower in certain groups. About 9% in siblings and 50% for monozygotic twins of people with schizophrenia. ...Read more

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How do you get schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia: Nobody know for sure. Twin studies suggest there is a genetic component. Other risk factors may include viral infection in the mother during pregnancy, maternal malnutrition during pregnancy, stress early in life, childhood abuse or trauma, older parents, and drug use. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

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 ...Read more