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Can untreated ptsd lead to schizophrenia?

Can untreated ptsd lead to schizophrenia?

Depends: On genetic and environmental predisposing factors. This could range from family history in the immediate family of schizophrenia to chronic exposure to marijuana or hard drugs. And then a highly stressful process can quicken schizophrenia onset- hence PTSD which is trauma based. A referral to a psychiatrist should help sort out treatment. Take care. ...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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Is it possible to have ptsd and schizophrenia at the same time?

Is it possible to have ptsd and schizophrenia at the same time?

Multiple diagnoses: Both schizophrenia and ptsd are possible at the same time and usually treated differently. Psychiatric testing could clarify the diagnoses. ...Read more

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Hyper-schizophrenia stress disorder like ptsd, should I be concerned?

Hyper-schizophrenia stress disorder like ptsd, should I be concerned?

Confusing question.: Ask your question again with a few more details. I don't understand the connection among hyper, schizophrenia, stress, and ptsd. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for schizophrenia, bi-polar, ptsd combination?

What is the best medicine for schizophrenia, bi-polar, ptsd combination?

Meds: There isn't any one best medication. I see your medications listed as paxil, (paroxetine) zoloft, wellbutrin & xanax. Are you taking Paxil (paroxetine) & zoloft simultaneously? It is unlikely that one single medication will be adequate (mono-therapy). However, an atypical antipsychotic may be a good choice. This class of medications is used for schizophrenia, often for bipolar disorder as well as dissociation >>. ...Read more

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Is haloperidol used for schizophrenia treatment only? I am prescribed with halo. I am expriencing voice hallucinations and was diagnoised with ptsd.

Is haloperidol used for schizophrenia treatment only? I am prescribed with halo. I am expriencing voice hallucinations and was diagnoised with ptsd.

Haldol (haloperidol): Can be used 'off-label'. It is an older antipsychotic medication that has indications for schizophrenia ; tourette disorder. It can be used for psychotic or dissociative symptoms (such as can occur with ptsd). I prefer working with the newer class of atypical antipsychotics. Take care. ...Read more

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I'm 62 with schizophrenia and PTSD, suddenly stopped talking 6 weeks ago. I don't know remember or know why. Can I be helped?

I'm 62 with schizophrenia and PTSD, suddenly stopped talking 6 weeks ago. I don't know remember or know why. Can I be helped?

I hope so, do you?: I also hope you have a skilled therapist you trust - more than only for medications. If not, this is a possible time to find one. If you have a helpmate, they can make calls - or you can use notes and emails. Please think of this as an opportunity to get more help. New approaches to PTSD can make a difference - let's be hopeful. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be diagnosed with PTSD, paranoia schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and anxiety at the same time? I am experiencing symptoms of all.

Is it possible to be diagnosed with PTSD, paranoia schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and anxiety at the same time? I am experiencing symptoms of all.

Multiple diagnoses: It is possible to see 10 different docs and describe the same symptoms and get 10 different diagnoses. But a mature experienced therapist, a trauma expert, would be able to sort through it all. This is critical because otherwise you could end up on too many different drugs and never get better. Many severe trauma experiences can result in symptoms that mimic the other dx, even including hallucina ...Read more

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I have major depression and complex PTSD. Sister w/ schizophrenia & bipolar lives w/ me temporarily. I feel this too unhealthy 4 me to have her here?

I have major depression and complex PTSD. Sister w/ schizophrenia & bipolar lives w/ me temporarily. I feel this too unhealthy 4 me to have her here?

Identify resources: Pleased to hear you recognize personal limits. Would like to know what temporary equates to (a week, month, year?). Suggestion is: 1) identify personal coping resources to manage the situation until resolved, and 2) identify resources (ie, other family, support, or health care providers) that could assist in making plans and resolving the situation. Available for consultation if needed. Be well. ...Read more

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I have bipolar schizophrenia ptsd I was abused/tortured as a child my doctor said that triggered my disorders can they be triggered from environment?

I have bipolar schizophrenia ptsd I was abused/tortured as a child my doctor said that triggered my disorders can they be triggered from environment?

Yes: Yes, but there is usually a genetic connection. Check your family history on both sides of your family. Twin studies have indicated a definite family connection. Most important to take your medications and stay on them. Unfortunately too many people with your medical condition feel better after taking the medications and then stop and have a relapse. Continue your counseling! important! ...Read more

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I have paranoid schizophrenia, also ptsd from use of restraints/seclusion in hospitals for days + weeks w/i last few years. 3 im meds came with for "not following directions" they said. Was this right?

I have paranoid schizophrenia, also ptsd from use of restraints/seclusion in hospitals for days + weeks w/i last few years. 3 im meds came with for "not following directions" they said. Was this right?

Hard to assess: Without having seen the true context of these events, I can only guess. I'm not sure what "directions" you were being given, but it's possible that your behavior was interpreted as acutely escalating symptoms of your illness. It's also true that the hospital can be frightening for people, and hallucinations can evoke scary behaviors. Please tell your doctor or hospital ombudsman of your concerns. ...Read more

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I have adhd, bipolar, schizophrenia and ptsd. I take 200mg of seroquel (quetiapine) to sleep but gained weight I used to weigh 164 now 230 are other meds to sleep?

I have adhd, bipolar, schizophrenia and ptsd. I take 200mg of seroquel (quetiapine) to sleep but gained weight I used to weigh 164 now 230 are other meds to sleep?

Prazosin: You can add in prazosin for your ptsd. This will help with nightmares. Then you can pretty much select the antipsychotic medication of your choice and should be able to get a good nights sleep. Discuss this option with your psychiatrist and discuss with him or her what they think would be the best alternative antipsychotic for you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are the causes of schizophrenia or schitzoaffective disorder?

What are the causes of schizophrenia or schitzoaffective disorder?

Some causes: Genetics due play a role, but in a small percentage. Environmental factors may be involved, such as exposure to viruses or malnutrition before birth, problems during birth, and psychosocial factors. Another cause is an imbalance in the brain involving the neurotransmitters Dopamine and glutamate, and possibly others play a role in schizophrenia. More research is needed - still a lot of unknowns. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the causes of schizophrenia?

Doctors, what are the causes of schizophrenia?

Multifactorial: Actual is yet to be known

does involve an inherited or spontaneously acquired genetic risk and concurrent stress

the resultant symptoms are currently believed to be contributed to by aberrant functions of neurochemicals in the central nervous system. Ultimately, this is likely too simple of an explanation. ...Read more

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What causes schizophrenia? Is there a cure for it?

Schizophrenia: Genetically based chronic psychiatric illness. Treatment provides symptom relief. ...Read more

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Can depression cause schizophrenia?

Can depression cause schizophrenia?

No: Depression and schizophrenia are two different illnesses. Some people with schizophrenia will have depression but depression does not cause schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Can a head injury cause schizophrenia?

Can a head injury cause schizophrenia?

No: Head injuries can cause agitation, memory loss, personality change, difficulty concentrating, poor sleep, lack of motivation, headaches. A head injury does not cause schizophrenia, which commonly causes paranoia, delusions, and hallucinations. ...Read more

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Can geodon (ziprasidone) withdrawal cause schizophrenia?

No: If someone is taking Geodon (ziprasidone) for schizophrenia, it acts to alleviate schizophrenic symptoms. So if the medication is stopped and it has controlled psychotic symptoms (like hearing voices), these are likely to return. Commonly people stop antipsychotics misunderstanding that it is the medication controlling symptoms. The cause of schizophrenia is in part genetic but the cause is not clear. ...Read more

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Does child abuse ever cause the development of schizophrenia in a teenager?

Does child abuse ever cause the development of schizophrenia in a teenager?

No, but: There are no studies that associate the development of schizophrenia to early child abuse. While the causes of schizophrenia are unclear, some evidence supports a genetic link, a link to chronic and early marijuana use, and effects from a fetus being exposed to certain viruses. However, childhood abuse can lead to symptoms that may look like schizophrenia, including hallucinations. ...Read more

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Can lead on a toy that my child has played with cause schizophrenia when he grows up?

Can lead on a toy that my child has played with cause schizophrenia when he grows up?

MAYBE: While there are not great studies clearly linking blood lead levels to higher incidence of schizophrenia, there is some date to suggest they are related. Studies (like one published in nature in 2004) have linked elevated lead exposure before birth. That study showed that moms with high lead levels in pregnancy were twice as likely to have schizophrenic children. But genetics play a clear part to. ...Read more

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Are there any prescription drugs that appear to cause or worsen symptoms of schizophrenia? Experienced symptoms of schizophrenia but only voices w med

Are there any prescription drugs that appear to cause or worsen symptoms of schizophrenia? Experienced symptoms of schizophrenia but only voices w med

Yes: Yes, any stimulant can exacerbate the positive symptoms of schizophrenia and also induce a psychotic like process. Basically any drug that increase dopamine too much in the brain can create a psychotic process whether it's a prescription drug or a street drug. Now every person is different so what amount can cause psychosis in one may not in another. ...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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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 causes the visual abnormalities in schizophrenia if any?

Not sure: The visual abnormalities to what you are refering are likely called visual hallucinations and are part of the psychotic processes. There is a theory that psychosis is caused by an excess of a neurotransmitter called Dopamine in the limbic system in the brain. ...Read more

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What are the medical causes of a disorder like schizophrenia?

Unknown: There are many studies that are highly suggestive that this disease is caused by an abnormal metabolism or use of Dopamine and related transmitters in the brain and studies with pet scan show increase and abnormal use in the frontal part of the brain this is the area that can control mood and behaviours. ...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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Is there evidence that dopamine is the cause of schizophrenia?

Hypothesis: I believe you're referring to a theory known as the dopamine hypothesis. Dopamine is a nerotransmitter which, according to the theory, is in excess. That means there's too much dopamine in the neuroreceptors, and this contributes to the symptoms of schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Does smoking weed cause schizophrenia?

Does smoking weed cause schizophrenia?

Marijuana: Can cause psychotic symptoms that are indistinguishable from schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Could puberty cause schizophrenia like symptoms?

Could puberty cause schizophrenia like symptoms?

Maybe: Schizophrenia usually doesn't show up until the teens or twenties. So it could manifest during puberty. If you are concerned then talk to a professional and possibly have an evaluation done. ...Read more

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Could quatiapine cause people with schizophrenia to get tired?

Could quatiapine cause people with schizophrenia to get tired?

Yes: Sedation is a common side effect of quetiapine therapy. If not resolving after the first several days it's likely to persist. ...Read more