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Doctor insights on: Aspergers Vs Schizophrenia

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Is there any link at all between schizophrenia and aspergers syndrome? Are the two related in any way, shape or form?

Is there any link at all between schizophrenia and aspergers syndrome? Are the two related in any way, shape or form?

New perspective...: Research has shown that a significant number of people previously diagnosed with schizophrenia are being re-diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), to include Asperger's. This is happening due to our increased understanding of ASD and its effects. Talk to your MH provider about what this means for you. ...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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Can smoking weed when you have aspergers syndrome increase your risk of schizophrenia?

Can smoking weed when you have aspergers syndrome increase your risk of schizophrenia?

YES: Smoking weed whether you have aspergers or not increases the risk of developing psychosis/schizophrenia. It also increase the chance of developing what in other countries is referred to as "amotivational syndrome" where the person level of motivation and volition drops significantly
please stop using for your health
feel better. ...Read more

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What are the major differences between autism, childhood schizophrenia and aspergers?

Severity: In autism social, communication and restricted range of or odd behaviors is characteristic, in asperger's disorder there are social pbms and a restricted range of, or odd behaviors. In schizophrenia, hallucinations and or delusions in the context of impairment is required. There is often someover lap in that perceptual abn can be present to different degrees in all 3. ...Read more

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My son who is 11 with aspergers has a psychosis for 6 months, he is better with geodon (ziprasidone) but he still hears voices, is this schizophrenia?

My son who is 11 with aspergers has a psychosis for 6 months, he is better with geodon (ziprasidone) but he still hears voices, is this schizophrenia?

Possible: A new test called Genocept by Genomind. Com might help in tailoring medication approach to your son. It is a relatively new test, but when meds fail this test can help ...Read more

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How can it be that my diagnosis has changed from schizophrenia to asperger's syndrome?

How can it be that my diagnosis has changed from schizophrenia to asperger's syndrome?

Different opinions: A diagnosis is a professional's determination (i.e., opinion) of the nature of a disease or disorder. Since professionals vary somewhat in their opinions, a patient often is diagnosed differently by different professionals. This does not mean that the patient's condition has evolved from one disorder to another (although this can happen on occasion). Patients can also have more than 1 diagnosis. ...Read more

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Will I develop Schizophrenia from smoking Weed THC (4%).Sativa strain with THC:CBD being higher. I also have Asperger's syndrome?

Will I develop Schizophrenia from smoking Weed THC (4%).Sativa strain with THC:CBD being higher. I also have Asperger's syndrome?

Maybe: More recent research and annecdotal reports show smorking marijuana to cause schizophrenia type symtoms. Marijuana use in any form will cause significant changes in your brain function. THC is a fat soluble substance and your brain is more than half fat by composition ...Read more

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Why do I keep thinking people are talking about me. Like calling me an asperger or gay. I am diagnosed paranoid schizophrenia. Is it related? On meds

Why do I keep thinking people are talking about me. Like calling me an asperger or gay. I am diagnosed paranoid schizophrenia. Is it related? On meds

Paranoia: By definition means that we can think/feel others are calling us names, thinking poorly of us, etc. Sorry you are dealing w/this. Please continue to see your doctors and consider doing healthy things such as good nutrition, exercise, and sleep. Peace and good health. We are all more than what others think of us, real or not. ...Read more

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What's the difference b/t aspergers and schytziphrinia?

What's the difference b/t aspergers and schytziphrinia?

Schizophrenia: Involves symptoms that asperger's doesn't. With schizophrenia, there are delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech and/or negative symptoms that are not present with asperger's. ...Read more

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What is the schizophrenia?

What is the schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia sympto: Symptoms are disorganized thinking/speech such as loosing train of thought or words incoherent, auditory hallucinations, bizarre delusions or delusions of persecution, social withdrawal, poor hygiene, lack of motivation, poor judgement/attention/executive functions. ...Read more

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Could I have schizophrenia?

Don't know: Don't know since I don't know and don't know your symptoms or your history. However if the question is could anyone get schizophrenia, the answer is yes. Education, wealth, family support does not matter as far as whether one is stricken by schizophrenia, but those things can affect prognosis. ...Read 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". ...Read more

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How is schizophrenia inherited?

How is schizophrenia inherited?

Not sure: While there is a lot of evidence that schizophrenia runs in families, the specific genes have been hard to figure out. It seems that the genetics are complicated because there is also a strong effect from environmental stressors like exposures by fetuses to certain viruses. There is also a newer idea called epigenetics in which the environment affects these genes that are related to schizophrenia. ...Read more

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What are the types of schizophrenia?

5 different types: Schizoaffective disorder, Residual, Disorganized, Catatonic and Paranoid schizophrenia. ...Read more

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What are the causes of schizophrenia?

What are the causes of schizophrenia?

We used to think: That schizophrenia was due to inadequate parenting. Unfortunately, blame was placed on parents and families; however, although the environment can play a part in making things worse, the cause is probably physiological. Medications help control the symptoms. Research seems to concur. Family and individual therapy can help the in families to be more supportive, but medication is what is most needed. ...Read more

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What is it like to have schizophrenia?

Not fun: On of the best examples I have seen depicted in the movies of what it is like to have schizophrenia is from the movie: the fisherking-with robin williams. In general and in the case of paranoid schizophrenia which is the most common type, people believe that others/everyone can tell what they are thinking and can hear their thoughts. They feel like everyone knows their business. It's awful. ...Read more

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What are the chances of someone schizophrenia?

About 1%: Schizophrenia is present in about 1% of the population.
The risk of schizophrenia rises to about 10% if a person's parent has schizophrenia. ...Read more

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What medicationss are prescribed for schizophrenia?

What medicationss are prescribed for schizophrenia?

Antipsychotics: Schizophrenia is a brain disease consisting of being out of touch with reality, delusions, hallucinations, apathy, cognitive problems and being unable to relate to others. Antipsychotic medications are the treatment of choice. Now patients will usually be given a "second-generation" or "atypical" such as risperidone, quetiapine or lurasidone. Older medications such as haloperidol however work. ...Read more

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What are signs that a person might have schizophrenia?

What are signs that a person might have 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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Is schizophrenia curable?

Is schizophrenia curable?

No, but treatable: We do not have a cure for schizophrenia, nor do we seem near to one. However, many with schizophrenia can lead quite normal lives with appropriate medications and other interventions. One of the hardest parts about this and many mental disorders is that, just when a person most needs help, he or she is least likely to believe it. ...Read more

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What's residual schizophrenia?

Residual Schizophren: Is schizophrenia who had history of psychotic symptoms but is no longer psychotic. ...Read more

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Can bpd lead to schizophrenia?

Can bpd lead to schizophrenia?

No: If you mean borderline personality disorder, it does not lead to schizophrenia. The 2 are completely different illnesses -- schizophrenia leads to long-term thought disorder and psychotic symptoms. If by chance your acronym refers to bipolar disorder, this differs from schizophrenia also. But having both episodes of depression & mania, plus ongoing psychotic symptoms = schizoaffective d/o. ...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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Do high fevers cause schizophrenia?

No: High fevers may cause a person to become confused or hallucinate, but that is not schizophrenia. ...Read more

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What is the cure for schizophrenia?

Tx options: 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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Could anxiety becomes schizophrenia?

Could anxiety becomes schizophrenia?

Generally, no: Anxiety disorders are very different from schizophrenia, but people with schizophrenia may experience anxiety as well. Theirs is more psychotic (loss of contact w/external reality) and often paranoid in nature. Antipsychotic medications can help with that. Generalized anxiety d/o, panic d/o, phobias do not lose contact w/reality like schizophrenia does. Anxiety does not "become" schizophrenia. ...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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How do doctors diagnose schizophrenia?

Diagnosis is: Made by history, observation and input from relatives/ significant others. Mayo Clinic Defines Schizophrenia as “a severe brain disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally. Schizophrenia may result in some combination of hallucinations, delusions, and extremely disordered thinking and behavior.” ...Read more

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Are asbergers and schizophrenia related?

Are asbergers and schizophrenia related?

No: Though some symptoms overlap they are quite distinct disorders. ...Read more

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Can schizophrenia occur in a young child?

Yes, but rarely does: For reasons still poorly understood, schizophrenia is relatively rare until after puberty, but there are well-described cases in children as young as 4 years old. Aftter puberty, the risk rises, with the peak risk at 18-20. Research suggests this is related to major changes in brain architecture that occurs during puberty, but we still do not understand what causes the disorder. ...Read more