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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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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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