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