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Doctor insights on: Acute Schizophrenia In Children

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Are children with schizophrenia generally shy?

Are children with schizophrenia generally shy?

Yes: Research indicates that yes, children with schizophrenia show significantly more shyness. As dr. Kwok explained, this is for many reasons, some because the abnormal thinking causes social problems.

But, studies have also clearly shown that shyness in children in general does not predict much of anything later in life. In other words, a shy kid is just a shy kid, and can grow up just fine. ...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


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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

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How can someone with schizophrenia take care of children?

How can someone with schizophrenia take care of children?

Adequate treatment: Schizophrenia is a highly treatable disorder much of the time. People with the disorder who respond well to treatment are as capable as most of us of parenting. They may need more of a support system to watch out for returning symptoms, because parenting is stressful. But parental instincts are not impaired by the disorder. ...Read more

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Can someone with schizophrenia take care of small children?

Can someone with schizophrenia take care of small children?

It depends: Often times, if a person with schizophrenia is well controlled with medication in terms of his or her symptoms; then that person is really able to do just about anything, including caring for kids. There are doctors who have schizophrenia. It is only when someone with schizophrenia has an exacerbation of their illness, that could cause some compromise in such areas of responsibility as child care. ...Read more

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Is it inappropriate to have children if you have schizophrenia?

Is it inappropriate to have children if you have schizophrenia?

Not necessarily: The risk of having a child who develops schizophrenia is about 13% - given one parent with the illness. You must also consider other issues and stressors which come with a child such as financial, parenting ability and support. This added stress could also exacerbate the schizophrenia. A lot of things to consider. ...Read 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 age can bipolar disorder or schizophrenia be seen in children? What are symptoms to look for?

What age can bipolar disorder or schizophrenia be seen in children? What are symptoms to look for?

Rare before age 9: The younger the age, the more difficult the diagnosis is. It is rare to make a clear and convincing diagnosis before age 9. Most people have first episodes in late adolescence or in their 20's. Symptoms are similar to adults except that mood symptoms (depression and mania) may be less clear and the diagnosis may be based more on behavior. Also usually anxiety is prominent, not a specific symptom. ...Read more

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At what age do children with depression and schizophrenia generally begin to think about suicide if ever?

At what age do children with depression and schizophrenia generally begin to think about suicide if ever?

Varies: Children and adolescents can attempt suicide at any age but the most common is in pre-adolescence and adolescence. Younger children will often exclaim they wish they were dead, but this is rarely a cause for alarm, it usually uttered in anger and frustration. Any credible suicide threat should be considered an urgent problem, and you should consult your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Is it ok if I marry a women and have a children from her if her mother have Schizophrenia. Note that my cousin also have this disease.

Is it ok if I marry a women and have a children from her if her mother have Schizophrenia. Note that my cousin also have this disease.

Schizophrenia: We do not know enough about this disorder to give a definite answer but it is important for you both to visit an expert on schizophrenia doctor or genetic doc. Then get a second opinion. Schizophrenia is not entirely genetic but is a factor. ...Read more

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What is "acute schizophrenia"?

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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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

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

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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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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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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

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How can one get schizophrenia?

Genetic: Either from heredity or from other causes which are largely unknown. We know that one has about a 50 % chance of having schizophrenia if both parents have it and about 10% if just one parent. Also, there are cases of schizophrenia in which no known family member has the condition. About 1% of the population has schizophrenia. ...Read more

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How bad does schizophrenia get?

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Beyond psychosis: I agree completely with dr. Elliott that psychotic symptoms such as hallucination and delusions can be severe. Worst thing about schizophrenia is that even when hallucinations and delusions are resolved, lack of motivation and cognitive problems will remain debilitating. Rehabilitation is needed to address these problems even when psychotic symptoms have been controlled with medication. ...Read more

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What can you do to treat schizophrenia?

Tx: Schizophrenia requires life-long treatment with use of atypical antipsychotics as the mainstay. Conventional neuroleptics are another alternative. Psychosocial treatments that go hand in hand with medications include: family therapy, social skills training, vocational rehabilitation & individual therapy. ...Read more

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What can help control my schizophrenia?

Best approach: The best approach is a Board certified Psychiatrist known for working with both patient and family for the long term using one or more of currently quite good psychotropic drugs supportive partners and be sure to be patient and follow advice. ...Read more

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How bad is slight or mild schizophrenia?

Not Sure: There is no diagnosis of mild schizophrenia. For schizophrenia of different types, there is a wide range of symptom severity. Generally, schizophrenia can be very treatable and patients with schizophrenia can be functional and productive. ...Read more

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Can somebody tell me about schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a: Mental illness and common symptoms included hearing voices, seeing things, delusions, smells, paranoia, etc. There are various subtypes and degrees. Some people do very well with a combination of psychotherapy and medication. It often manifests in late teens, early adult years. It is not multiple personality even though the media often portrays it as such. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can having schizophrenia mean I am crazy?

No: Schizophrenia is an illness. Just like other illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure, medication is used to keep it in check. The term "crazy" is just a word that people use due to the stigma toward mental illness. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Acute Schizophrenia (Definition)

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 ...Read more