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Doctor insights on: Age Onset Schizophrenia

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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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Is the onset of early adult schizophrenia sudden or gradual?

Is the onset of early adult schizophrenia sudden or gradual?

Either: Schizophrenia can present for some individuals abruptly while others it is a more gradual onset. Usually it is more of a gradual onset. ...Read more

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What is the typically onset age for paranoid schizophrenia?

What  is the typically onset age for paranoid schizophrenia?

Between 16-25 years: Between 16-25 years of age onset for men occurs earlier than women. ...Read more

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Why is late adolescence and early adulthood the peak years for developing schizophrenia?

Why is late adolescence and early adulthood the peak years for developing schizophrenia?

Greater demand: Subtle processing irregularities may not be identified in earlier years when the environmental demands were not as complex, , and individuals are developing skills to meet the needs of theri irregular processing instead of developing more typical skills so with the adolescent brain pruning thier function is more compromised that is functional. ...Read more

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Male, age 98, experiencing sudden onset of chills, shaking?

Male, age 98, experiencing sudden onset of chills, shaking?

Infection: Could be signs of fever and infection. It is worth being evaluated by a physician, especially at 98 years old. ...Read more

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What age is oppositional defiant disorder diagnosed in children?

What age is oppositional defiant disorder diagnosed in children?

Almost any age: Odd is typically more common among teenagers but can be diagnosed in school aged children. There is no age criteria for the diagnosis but diagnosing a toddler with odd would likely be inappropriate. Once a child understands what adults are looking for and intentionally engages in behavior that defies authority figures (this goes beyond parental defiance) then the child might be odd. ...Read more

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Can thought/communication disorders occur at any age from schizophrenia?

Can thought/communication disorders occur at any age from schizophrenia?

Depends: The thought disorder from schizophrenia you speak of may be different from a communication disorder. A communication disorder may start at a very young age and could begin in childhood.. Schizophrenia has for it's most common age of onset the late teens or the early 20s. Cases of schizophrenia in a young child are rare and atypical. ...Read more

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Can early childhood sexual abusive lead to schizoaffective disorder bipolar type? With no family history of schizophrenia?

Can early childhood sexual abusive lead to schizoaffective disorder bipolar type?  With no family history of schizophrenia?

Can happen..: If it has been so severe and chronic that a usual sequence would be ptsd first, then psychotic features from initial flashback. Eventually the personality becomes so fragile it detaches from reality. Add to this genetic vulnerabilities that are not apparent to people in the family. Many reasons abuse in families can make it difficult to get all the data. Environment and genes are key. ...Read more

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At what age will symptoms of hypogonadism manifest in men?

At what age will symptoms of hypogonadism manifest in men?

Typically 40s & olde: Hypogonadism is medical speak for low testosterone. Symptoms are non-specific. In other words, you might have something else if you're depressed, can't think straight, no interest in sex, loss of erectile function, loss of muscle mass, increase in fat, etc. While this can occur in younger men, this constellation of symptoms increases in frequency in our 40s and older. ...Read more

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What is the symptom progression of teen onsetting juvenile idiopathic arthritis?

What is the symptom progression of teen onsetting juvenile idiopathic arthritis?

Damage if untreated: Children under the age of 16 get juvenile idiopathic arthritis (jia) which is an autoimmune disease affecting the joints but very different in many respects from rheumatoid arthritis. Even as older adults, they are adults with jia. Older teenagers can develop rheumatoid factor positive polyarticulatar jia that looks very similar to RA and may develop into a disease that looks similar to ra. ...Read more

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How common is adult onset asthma? nonsmoker

How common is adult onset asthma? nonsmoker

Not uncommon: Although it was believed that asthma could only start in childhood and in the 60's no one could have allergic asthma developing after age 40, it is clear now that asthma can indeed occur in adulthood. Based on my experience, I estimate that about 25% of the asthma cases develop during adulthood. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is early onset Parkinson's disease ever misdiagnosed? Please advise!

Is early onset Parkinson's disease ever misdiagnosed? Please advise!

Not uncommon: Early Parkinsonian signs may be somewhat non-specific, such as foot dystonia, or nonspecific gait imbalance. The cardinal features of tremor, rigidity, cog wheeling, and characteristic gait may develop later. Sometimes, the initial tremor at rest may be mislabeled. ...Read more

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Research on adult onset attention deficit disorder ?

Research on adult onset attention deficit disorder ?

Yes!: Provided that you mean adhd first diagnosed in adulthood. The diagnosis depends in part on evidence of adhd by age 7. Problem is, it is (or at least 20 years ago was) mainly picked up in childhood if it was the hyperactive type. The large number of inattentive type kids were not picked up, so we have to ask about symptoms in childhood specifically. Much researck in adhd first diagnosed in adults. ...Read more

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Will schizophrenic people develop dementia and at what age ?

Will schizophrenic people develop dementia and at what age
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Not typically: 1) There are several types of dementia, so it is hard to generalize. 2) Neither schizophrenia nor Alzheimer's (a common dementia) are well understood as to mechanism and are quite different. 3) Predicting who will get dementia is the subject of research, with little clinical evidence. 4) A single patient can get an MRI or PET scan, but even these tests confirm or exclude and do not predict well. ...Read more

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Could childhood height correlate with adult height?

Could childhood height correlate with adult height?

It could: Some children go into puberty relatively younger or relatively older than most of their same-gender peers. So a child's height at one point in time may not predict adult height well. This equation is better: boy's final ht = [(mom's ht + 5') + dad's ht]/2. Girl's final ht = [(dad's ht - 5') + mom's ht]/2. The final height should be within 2' (more or less) of the answer to the equation. ...Read more

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Reasons for adult-onset facial tics? No history of medication, no history of tics nor tourette's. Started at age 22

Reasons for adult-onset facial tics? No history of medication, no history of tics nor tourette's.  Started at age 22

Maybe not tics: Would consider possibility of facial myokymia, and even the entity of "hemifacial spasm". Focal motor seizures might be cause. If just localized "tics" over one side of face, unlikely to be tourette's. Advise visit to neurologist, get examined and pursue etiology. ...Read more