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Childhood Schizophrenia Treatment
Recommend: Working with a child psychiatrist. Psychiatric medications are often required. Individual therapy (ie. Cognitive behavioratherapy or psychotherapy) and family therapy are usually indicated. Group therapy may be benificial and inpatient psychiatric treatment may be needed in some cases. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can early childhood sexual abusive lead to schizoaffective disorder bipolar type? With no family history of schizophrenia?
Can happen..: If it has been so severe and chronic that a usual sequence would be ptsd first, then psychotic features from initial flashback. Eventually the personality becomes so fragile it detaches from reality. Add to this genetic vulnerabilities that are not apparent to people in the family. Many reasons abuse in families can make it difficult to get all the data. Environment and genes are key. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does all schizophrenia involve paranoia? Is paranoid schizophrenia a different condition than schizophrenia?
No.: Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder that affects perception, cognition (thinking), emotion, communication & behavior. Different subtypes have been identified. The most salient symptoms of persons diagnosed w/ "paranoid" subtype are paranoia (thoughts about being persecuted by a person/group &/or about conspiracies) & hallucinations (typically hearing &/or seeing things that aren't there). ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Almost any age: Odd is typically more common among teenagers but can be diagnosed in school aged children. There is no age criteria for the diagnosis but diagnosing a toddler with odd would likely be inappropriate. Once a child understands what adults are looking for and intentionally engages in behavior that defies authority figures (this goes beyond parental defiance) then the child might be odd. ...Read more
It can't : CBT is the treatment of choice for several conditions ( like complex PTSD ) and a terrific adjunctive therapy for those with many types of bipolar disease. The key to treatment of bipolar disorders is mood stabilization which often requires medications . The exception that comes to mind is seasonal affective disorder which responds to light therapy ( along with CBT ) ...Read more
See an expert: A lot of things *look like* antisocial personality disorder from the outside. An expert evaluation is in order. If the person truly has a psychopathic personality, they have little incentive to change. External structure and monitoring may be the only answer. If the antisocial behavior is caused by something else, psychotherapy may potentially accomplish a great deal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How successful is Abilify (aripiprazole) in managing schizophrenia / schizoaffective disorder with jealousy type delusions?
It is very rare : Childhood onset schizophrenia is very rare and extremely disabling. Children with such a condition may have visual hallucinations, making it difficult to judge reality from fantasy. Behavioral disturbances are commonly a part of the condition as well. I saw a tv show about a girl who seemed like she was born with it. ...Read more
Time and Focus: The first thing to understand is that episodes of depression can-and do-happen in the course of treating bpd. Also many of the symptoms of the two disorders are similar, so at times both the meds and therapy that would be appropriate are likely to look identical. But, in very general terms, bpd depends more heavily on long-term therapy--building a positive sense of self and capacity for trust. ...Read more
Personality disorder: That would be best to ask a doctor or psychiatrist who is prescribing haldol--a discussion of what the Haldol (haloperidol) is being used to treat would be very educational, if one doesn't know already. Personality disorders can be treated with medication if indicated by a doctor. However, personality disorders are long-standing, and aren't cured with medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multi-Factored: The treatment for autism invovles a variety of approaches and disciplines. Diet, nutrition, and overall health are important. There is often benefit from a variety of therapies (behavioral, speech, and occupational therapies). School modifications and adjustments are needed. Medications are sometimes used to target specific behaviors that may cause problems, such as hyperactivity or mood problems. ...Read more
Psychotherapy : Insight-oriented to get to the root issues; also, therapy will help examine and revisit related thoughts and belief systems and develop and strengthen some coping skills to deal with the related uncomfortable feelings. ...Read more
Not normally: Psychosis is usually only seen with severe depression. The psychotic symptoms and the depression can be treated. Although some people do have chronic depression, the psychosis can be resolved. That person may have full or partial resolution of depressive symptoms. Life long medications are indicated for some patients. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Technically the diagnoses are mutually exclusive. In schizophrenia, symptoms of psychosis would be much more prevalent as compared to the mood symptoms. Whereas in schizoaffective disorder neither the mood symptoms or the psychosis predominate. Frequently though people can at one time or other be diagnosed as either, because the diagnosis is only as good as the history available at that time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How often are autism spectrum disorders (e.g., Asperger's syndrome) undiagnosed until adulthood? How is such a diagnosis made?
Minor autism: The diagnosis is a clinical one. When issues like impaired attention and depressed mood are also present the diagnosis of Aspergers ( now termed minor autism ) is made more difficult. There are varying degrees of involment of multiple cognitive domains and behavioral features involved. No two people are alike. Get an opinion from a well trained expert in behavioral medicine who deals with autism. ...Read more
Yes: It is a very good medication for maintenance treatment. ...Read more
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