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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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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 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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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

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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 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?

Evaluate now!: If you are even remotely considering the possibility of schizophrenia, then this child warrants a thorough eval by a mental health professional specializing in children. "bipolar" is thrown around much too casually these days; many "normal" kids may exhibit extreme reactions, including anger, ¬ have pathology. Determining the difference btwn developmental & ominous conditions, takes an expert. ...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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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 common is schizophrenia?

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How common is schizophrenia?

About 1%: Of general population, but may be higher or lower in certain groups. About 9% in siblings and 50% for monozygotic twins of people with schizophrenia. ...Read more

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How do you get schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia: Nobody know for sure. Twin studies suggest there is a genetic component. Other risk factors may include viral infection in the mother during pregnancy, maternal malnutrition during pregnancy, stress early in life, childhood abuse or trauma, older parents, and drug use. ...Read more

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What can cause schizophrenia?

Simply...: A combination of genetic vulnerability and exposure to stress. ...Read more

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How do you get schizophrenia?

How do you get 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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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 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 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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How bad does schizophrenia get?

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How bad does schizophrenia get?

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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How to diagnose a schizophrenia?

Difficult: Diagnosing schizophrenia early on, is difficult but critical. Look for new problems in school or on a job. Pay attention to social isolation and new onset of odd beliefs. When in doubt, consult a professional. Early treatment leads to the best outcomes. ...Read more

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