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I outgrew schizophrenia and don't have it anymore, does this mean I can enjoy a normal life now?

I outgrew schizophrenia and don't have it anymore, does this mean I can enjoy a normal life now?

?: Schizophrenia is a chronic illness and variably progressive. Symptoms may fluctuate and treatment may eliminate many of the symptoms and slow progression. If you have no hallucinations, disorganized thought process, or paranoia without medication it is possible you were misdiagnosed. Many other possibilities. See a psychiatrist. ...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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What is the prognosis? How likely is it that a person with schizophrenia will ever have a "normal" life?  

What is the prognosis? How likely is it that a person with schizophrenia will ever have a "normal" life?  

It Depends: Many folks with schizophrenia can and do live "normal" lives, especially and usually if they are compliant with their medication regimens. The prognosis can thus vary greatly, depending again, on the level of compliance with the medications. Some studies suggest that those with schizophrenia do best when treated with a long acting injectable form of an antipsychotic drug, like Invega sustenna (paliperidone palmitate).. ...Read more

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Will schizophrenia deteriorate IQ intelligence overtime even with the use of atypical medications? I currently have schizophrenia. With the use of atypical medication I lead a normal life currently, but I am just concerned that schizophrenia will make me

Will schizophrenia deteriorate IQ intelligence overtime even with the use of atypical medications? I currently have schizophrenia. With the use of atypical medication I lead a normal life currently, but I am just concerned that schizophrenia will make me

Hello.: Hello. One of what is classified as "negative" symptoms of schizophrenia is cognitive decline with each psychotic episode. We are very blessed that atypical antipsychotics have come along because they can actually help with negative symptoms including cognitive decline. Two and a half decades ago, when I was in training, there were no medications that impacted negative symptoms. Now a person with well controlled schizoprhenia can actually have a pretty normal life. Preventing the psychotic breaks, helps to prevent from cognitive decline. ...Read more

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I was schizophrenic, now living my life normally but having problems with my dedication and job. Plz inform me is this schizophrenia related.

I was schizophrenic, now living my life normally but having problems with my dedication and job. Plz inform me is this schizophrenia related.

Could be: Schizophrenia is a chronic illness that requires ongoing help. Some symptoms are overtly psychotic -- like hallucinations and delusions. Other symptoms involve poor motivation, flat affect, and difficulty connecting with others and making decisions. All of these could affect your work. I've known schizophrenic people who work well, with ongoing medical help. Please see your psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Will someone be normal for a long time and get schizophrenia?

Will someone be normal for a long time and get schizophrenia?

Yes: The age of onset for schizophrenia is earlier in males between 20-25, and later for females 30-35. There is childhood onset of schizophrenia as well. ...Read more

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My fiance has schizophrenia and rarely wants sex. Is this normal behaviour?

My fiance has schizophrenia and rarely wants sex. Is this normal behaviour?

Schizophrenia: Being schizophrenic is not a normal existence. But if your fiance is taking his medications and working in treatment, his illness can get & stay in remission. If not, his illness may interfere with his ability to relate to you, including sexually. Also, sometimes the medications can interfere with libido as well. You can encourage him to keep working with his doctors and therapists. ...Read more

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How normal would it be for someone with schizophrenia to be failing 6 out of 7 classes?

Yes: Depending on the type of schizophrenia, one can have disorganized thoughts, paranoia, hallucinations - all which would impair the ability to concentrate on schoolwork. I have had some patients who dropped out of high school due to the severity of their symptoms. ...Read more

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Can the brain of schizophrenia be oversmart than the normal brain??

Can the brain of schizophrenia be oversmart than the normal brain??

Yes: Http://www. Journalofpsychiatricresearch. Com/article/S0022-3956 (04)00069-X/abstract? Cc=y=
Check out this link. Although as a rule schizophrenics are typically mentally slower. However, there is a subset that have high intellect. ...Read more

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Can someone with schizophrenia get married and have a normal relationship with family or friends?

It is possible for: People w/schizophrenia marry and have good relationships, but like other disorders, it needs to be treated and it is a risk factor. There are varying degrees of symptoms manifested when someone has schizophrenia and that needs to be considered also. The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can you still have schizophrenia with a normal mri... Diagnosed with schizophrenia but had an MRI for a different reason and it said MRI was normal?

Can you still have schizophrenia with a normal mri... Diagnosed with schizophrenia but had an MRI for a different reason and it said MRI was normal?

MRI: Normal MRI rules out organic brain illnesses. Recommend resuming your medications to maintain stability & prevent relapse. ...Read more

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Are people who develop schizophrenia in early adulthood weird/depressed along with other mental issues as a child and teen? Or were they just normal

Are people who develop schizophrenia in early adulthood weird/depressed along with other mental issues as a child and teen? Or were they just normal

Weird?: Some people express symptoms or prodromal characteristics early in life. Many, if not most, showed no symptoms. The change in behavior is often what leads to diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Are these normal experiences to have for sleep paralysis, or do I have some sort of schizophrenia maybe?

Are these normal experiences to have for sleep paralysis, or do I have some sort of schizophrenia maybe?

Not necessarily: I'm assuming you are referring to hallucination experiences. There are normal experiences we can have called hypnagogic hallucinations. They happen in the transition state to and from sleep.The sounds can vary in intensity. People may imagine their name being called or the doorbell ringing. With schizophrenia the hallucinations occur at any time during the day and the age of onset is usually 19-25. ...Read more

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If a mom has schizophrenia, how much percentage chance does her normal daughter have, of getting a schizophrenic child?

Pretty good data: Check out this summary site: http://www.Schizophrenia.Com/research/hereditygen. Htm
available data suggest about a 5% risk, compared to 1% in the general population. That's a 5-fold increase in risk, but it's still pretty low, overall. ...Read more

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I have OCD and sometimes I get repetitive music stuck in my head. Sometimes it will repeat so much that I can faintly hear it. Is this normal? I'm scared I'm developing schizophrenia or something.

I have OCD and sometimes I get repetitive music stuck in my head. Sometimes it will repeat so much that I can faintly hear it. Is this normal? I'm scared I'm developing schizophrenia or something.

Common, not causal: Some symptoms are similar and the disorders can overlap but OCD does not lead to or become Sz. Of course you'd be scared - but that will not help, in fact it will hurt. Talk as openly as you can w/ your therapist about this. After an eval, I hope you can stop worrying. It's possible to learn how to get music out of your mind w/ meditation, but if it's nice - enjoy it. Learn some skills in Tx. ...Read more

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Cousin takes thorazine (chlorpromazine) for schizophrenia. It works well. He developed tardive dyskinesia but its very subtle so dr doesn't want to take him off. Normal?

Tardive Dyskinesia: The symptoms of Tardive Dyskinesia are- involuntary
Facial grimacing
• Swinging of the jaw
• Repetitive chewing
• Tongue thrusting and twisting
• Puckering & smacking of the lips
• Rapid eye blinking & eyebrow raising
• Grunts and humming
Go with your cousin to see Psychiatrist, inform about your observations and concern; and discuss management of Thorazine (chlorpromazine) and Day Treatment Center for recovery. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia years ago, but my recent MRI shows normal, could I really have schizophrenia or is it something else?

Symptoms change: I would recommend a reevaluation if you're uncertain. Just because you were diagnosed years ago, doesn't mean the symptoms or disorder hasn't changed. Perhaps it is in a remitted state. Perhaps you have learned to manage symptoms so well they are no longer troubling you. Reevaluations in psych are quite common and part of the process in treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Would invega 234mg monthly cause brain damage to a person without schizophrenia? Just a normal person? Because I think this is happening to me

Not known: That's not known, because "just a normal person" would not be getting any Invega Sustenna. In order to get that drug, the person would already have an abnormal brain, such as a brain that has schizophrenia. This is presuming the person lives in a good, honest society where he has been accurately diagnosed and is being cared for with the best of intentions. ...Read more

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Why does benadryl (diphenhydramine) alleviate symptoms of bipolar, borderline, autism, & schizophrenia? I only feel normal & able to think clearly when I've taken some.

Why does benadryl (diphenhydramine) alleviate symptoms of bipolar, borderline, autism, & schizophrenia? I only feel normal & able to think clearly when I've taken some.

Anti-cholinergic: Hard to say why, but it's not impossible. It's known to act on the CNS andyour experience is yours to know. Here's some info that might help: https://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Diphenhydramine
Both the conditions you name and the chemistry are very complex. Don't over-use it, but as directed I'd guess it's safer than many other drugs that may not help as much as you say it does. Best! ...Read more

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Can you go back & forth with schizophrenic symptoms to normal then back & forth again my 32 yr old son with CP has been showing many signs of schizophrenia. He has been seen by his family dr and a neurologist. His blood work & CT were completely normal.

Seek evaluation by a: Psychiatrist. Schizophrenia has many presentations, can look like other conditions, and other conditions can look like schizophrenia. A proper evaluation will provide definitive answer and guide any necessary intervention. Best regards. ...Read more

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Can schizophrenia medicine really shortens life?

Depends: Some antipsychotic medications are better than others. Some can cause metabolic syndome (i.E diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol), obesity, pancreatitis and low white blood cells. More research is needed. You must also consider other factors of a schizophrenia patient which negatively affects their life span including smoking, poor diet and substance abuse. ...Read more

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Is not taking life seriously a symptom of schizophrenia? Typical

Not as I know of: Could be just a personality set, could be a sign of immaturity, could be adhd, it depends how much it interferes with you life. ...Read more

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Did not think I had schizophrenia but dr said I had schizophrenia and would need meds for life. Is this common?

Sometimes: I would recommend you get in treatment with a good counselor and work with them in addition to your doctor to understand what if any diagnosis you have over time. Medications are tools (just like a shovel for digging a hole) they help is. Also excellent nutrition taking additives put of your diet and fish oil can help but meds maybe important tools over the long term. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia acquired or are we born with it? Is someone born with a propensity for it or is it acquired in some way during your life?

Born with, but......: Schizophrenia has a largely genetic and neurodevelopmental etiology although it is often unmasked in times of severe stress. For example, people who move to new countries often go through enormous amounts of stress and this leads to deterioration in mental health that is thought to tip people who have a genetic propensity for schizophrenia towards developing the disease. ...Read more

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What would the life expectancy of someone that has paranoid schizophrenia be?

What would the life expectancy of someone that has paranoid schizophrenia be?

Decreased: People with schizophrenia tend to have a decreased life expectancy of about 12–15 years. This is primarily because of its association with obesity, sedentary lifestyles, and smoking. There is an increased risk of suicide but this plays more of a minor role in comparison to the lifestyle choices. ...Read more

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I am curious as to whether I am experiencing severe schizophrenia, psychosis, or both. I think of my life as a story and predict what happens next.

Something new: Have you experienced this before? Also would your family or friends realize there is any change or difference in you? If you are in general doing well in school, engaged with family and friends, sleeping well, and taking care of hygiene, chances are you are not psychotic. I would recommend getting an appointment with a therapist and schedule with your pediatrician for a check up. ...Read more