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Black Swan Schizophrenia
Mental disorder with positive, negative & cognitive sxs. A person with positive sxs loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative sxs: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of every day functions; losing motivation; inability to carry out plans & isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...Read more
Is schizophrenia a type of dementia? If not why does it cause severe memory loss, black outs during listening, forgetting basic things, names, ect?
Used to be thought s: Originally the disorder now called schizophrenia was called dementia praecox. Now we have a much more detailed division of mental disorders. There definately can be symptoms that are the same as those in someone with dementia. Any new diagnosis of schizophrenia requires a neurologic evaluation and brain imaging. There are many things that have overlapping sx and new sx may warrant neuro consult. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No usually: Blacking out could be due to alcohol, syncopal episodes, extreme fear or paranoia, cardiac or other medical conditions etc, this is not meant to be medical or psychiatric advice. There is no doctor patient relationship.Please call 911 or go to nearest er for psychiatric or medical emergency such si/hi/emotion crisis. ...Read more
Brain disease: As schizophrenia is developing, brain cells disappear. Eventually the person shows withdrawal, strange thinking, inappropriate emotions, perhaps hears voices, and loses much of their previous ability to function as an adult; they can be a danger to self or others. It is a cruel disease and especially hard on caregivers who feel frustrated and unappreciated; the disease is no one's fault. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See DSM-IV-TR: You need to meet a group of criteria to be diagnosed with schizophrenia. People will have auditory hallucinations, bizarre delusion, paranoid thoughts, disorganized thought process. The symptoms have to cause a significant disfunction in social or occupational environment. The symptoms have to be present for 6 month or less of adequately treated. Symptoms can not be explained by drugs or medical. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Any Type Possible: The worst type of schizophrenia is the type that causes the greatest impairment in one's ability to function and does not respond to medical treatment. In the U.S. We recognize five sub-types of schizophrenia: paranoid, disorganized, catatonic, undifferentiated, and residual. Some studies show that the paranoid type may have a better prognosis for indepdent living than the other four. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clinical exam: Schizophrenia is diagnosed by a medical expert, like a psychiatrist, who interviews the individual to identify specific thinking patterns and symptoms. It is not diagnosed until symptoms have been present for many months, because symptoms of psychosis can improve on their own. The primary symptoms to look for are evidence of bizarre delusions or hallucinations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Schizophrenia is a serious, non-contagious mental illness. Sometimes schizophrenia is romanticized as some sort of creative, artistic state of mind. It is a devastating illness. Suggest you read http://infocenter.nimh.nih.gov/nimh/product/Schizophrenia/NIH%2010-3517.You may want to talk to a mental health professional as to way you'd want to have schizophrenia. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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