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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?

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

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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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When was schizophrenia discovered?

Late 1800's: The term schizophrenia was actually used starting in the early 1900's but the illness was recognized as different from bipolar disorder as far back as the mid 1800's. It was first considered a form of dementia, like alzheimers, that hit younger people. For that reason it was first called dementia praecox. However, the name schizophrenia became more popular in the early 1900's. ...Read more

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How debilitating is schizophrenia?

It depends: Schizophrenia is a chronic disorder for which there is no cure. However, the newer medications have significantly improved the functioning of those with this diagnosis. It is therefore important to get started on and stay on the right medication. ...Read more

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Will they ever cure schizophrenia?

Will they ever cure schizophrenia?

Unknown: Truly curing schizophrenia will require not just a drug, but whole communities and family supports. In many cases it will require a whole social re-education process once someone is no longer psychotic, to learn to live and interact with others. The medications we have now manage symptoms only, and do not actually "cure." hopefully this can improve with focused research and creative therapies. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of schizophrenia?

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 more

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Is my speech if schizophrenia good?

Good or bad?: Schizophrenia is not good or bad. One is born with the trait and environmental factors and growing up allows it to express when it manifests itself with symptoms and signs.
There is no reason to judge good or bad. One is born with it and learns to cope and live with the help of medications and psycho-social support. ...Read more

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What is the onset of schizophrenia?

What is the onset of schizophrenia?

Early signs: The onset of schizophrenia is usually in late adolescence to early adulthood. Sometimes the onset can be rapid or gradual. Early signs can be social isolation, deterioration in hygiene, paranoia, inapproriate laughter, making irrational or odd statements, appear emotionless or unmotivated, may abandon hobbies and activites and their performance at work or school deteriorates. ...Read more

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How to know if I have schizophrenia?

Get a check up: As the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) founded by the late Dr Szasz, points out, there are actually no biological markers for the diagnosis of schizophrenia or the other psychiatric diagnoses. If you are not feeling well I therefore suggest asking your Family Doctor to give you a complete check up to rule out any medical illnesses for a start. ...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 are some signs of schizophrenia?

What are some signs of schizophrenia?

Early signs: Onset of schizophrenia is usually in late adolescence to early adulthood. Sometimes the onset can be rapid or gradual. Early signs can be social isolation, deterioration in hygiene, paranoia, hallucinations, making irrational or odd statements, appear emotionless or unmotivated, may abandon hobbies and activites and their performance at work or school deteriorates. ...Read more

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Does schizophrenia cause early death?

Probably: Schizophrenia is one of the most serious public health problems in the world, affecting just under 1% of the world's population. Essential features are deterioration in function (hallucinations, delusions, poor judgement). The medications can present significant side effects. And because of poor judgement patients may disregard medical problems, increase in suicide risk and violent behavior. ...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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Can someone be aware of schizophrenia?

All illness have: Varying degrees, so yes, some people can be aware of their illness. ...Read more

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How to know if I 'have' schizophrenia?

Talk to a doctor: Schizophrenia is a chronic condition characterized by psychosis. Psychosis can be described as distorted reality such as hearing votives or paranoid thoughts. Schizophrenia is a leading cause of disability. Effective treatments exist for this condition. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of schizophrenia?

What are the symptoms of schizophrenia?

Hallucinations: By definition, schizophrenia is about psychosis. Psychosis means the patient is getting external stimuli from the environment through one or more of his or her five senses, that does not objectively exist. In other words there are auditory, visual, olfactory, gustatory, and tactile hallucinations that can be experienced by the patient. Auditory hallucinations, however, are the most common. ...Read more

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What can you do to treat schizophrenia?

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

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How can I know if I have schizophrenia?

You can't.: Psychotic symptoms are hallmarks of schizophrenia, but they are symptoms that can occur in many illnesses. First make an appointment with your family doctor and if medically cleared, make an appointment with a psychiatrist in your area to help you figure this out. You have nothing to loose and potentially so much to gain! ...Read more

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What can help control my schizophrenia?

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

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How can I know if I have schizophrenia?

How can I know if I have schizophrenia?

Psychiatric eval: By definition, schizophrenia is about psychosis. Psychosis means the patient is getting external stimuli from the environment through one or more of his or her five senses, that does not objectively exist. In other words there are auditory, visual, olfactory, gustatory, and tactile hallucinations that can be experienced by the patient. Auditory hallucinations, however, are the most common. ...Read more