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Disorganized Schizophrenia In Children
Disorganized schizophrenia or hebephrenic schizophrenia
is one of several types of schizophrenia. The hallmarks of disorganized schizophrenia are psychoses; and speech and behavior that are inappropriate and don't make sense. At times, it is difficult for them to communicate with others and they may not be able to complete daily activities. Severe form. ...Read more
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
Types: Schizophrenia is divided into types based on the symptoms that are most prominent such as paranoid, disorganized, undifferentiated catatonic and residual type. Disorganized type is characterized by speech and behavior that are disorganized or difficult to understand. They also have inappropriate emotions such as laughing for no reason. Their disorganized behavior can impair their ability to function. ...Read more
Medications: Schizophrenia of essentially any type requires medications, although much more also may be needed. Especially with disorganized schizophrenia, the individual often has trouble follow through on the most basic tasks of daily living. Medications may make a big dfifference, but other social support may be essential for the individual and the family. ...Read more
Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia is a primary psychotic condition characterized by at least one month of 2 or more of the following: delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech and/or behavior, and/or negative symptoms. It impairs life role functioning and must be present for at least 6 months. Disorganized type in general has the worst prognosis and includes prominent disorganization of speech, behavior & affect. ...Read more
No: While there may be some delusions in disorganized schizophrenia, the prominent feature in disorganized schizophrenia is disorganized thought or behavior. Disorganized thought manifests as illogical and nonsensical. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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 20s. 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
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
Is it ok if I marry a woman and have a child from her if her mother have Schizophrenia. Note that my cousin also have this disease.
11 y/o whose behavior gets more odd/ disorganized/disconnected/moody as the day wears on; is it more likely to be schizophrenia or bipolar disease?
Neither: There are many more common disorders that can present as you describe. Could be as simple as ADHD. Have him seen by a developmental pediatrician and when you take him in be sure to have a detailed history of your observations, detailed family history, and information from his school. ...Read more
Is aphasia in people with bipolar and schizophrenia? I didn't lose my ability to speak-its disorganized and I lost my ability to think read and write
Aphasia vs psychosis: Aphasia comes from damage to the parts of the brain that control language (like stroke, tumor, etc). Disorganized thinking can also come with psychosis, which may express in your reading, writing, and speech. It differs from aphasia. Psychiatrists are trained to tell these processes apart, & also to know when you need a neurological consult. Please discuss your concerns w/your doctor. ...Read more
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
Beyond psychosis: I agree completely with dr. Elliott that psychotic symptoms such as hallucination and delusions can be severe. The 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
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
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
Schizophrenia is a: Mental illness and common symptoms included hearing voices, seeing things, delusions, smells, paranoia, etc. There are various subtypes and degrees. Some people do very well with a combination of psychotherapy and medication. It often manifests in late teens, early adult years. It is not multiple personality even though the media often portrays it as such. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Knowledge is Power: Your brother is fortunate to have such a caring sibling. Learn as much as you can about schizophrenia. Many good sources on-line such as: http://www.Nimh. Nih. Gov/health/topics/schizophrenia/index. Shtml. The national alliance on mental illness (nami) provides education and support for families who have a schizophrenic member. Stay involved in your brother's life, and take care of your self too! ...Read more
About schizophrenia: Schizophrenia has positive, negative & cognitive sxs. A person with positive sxs loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative sxs: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of every day functions; losing motivation; inability to carry out plans & isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding what is going on. ...Read more
Schizophrenia is a: Serious diagnosis. A mental health professional makes such a diagnosis. Symptoms can include hearing voices, seeing things, paranoia, etc. Many schizophrenics do very well in life. They often need medication. A psychiatrist, rather than the family doc, is the appropriate person for medication in this case. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Not to be cured but:
Schizophrenia can be managed with medication and therapy to the extent that you can have a normal and fulfilling life. There is ongoing research into the causes of schizophrenia and we all hope these will eventually lead to a cure but the we are not there yet.
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/schizophrenia/index.shtml ...Read more
Schizophrenia is a primary psychotic condition characterized by at least one month of 2 or more of the following: delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech and/or behavior, and/or negative symptoms. It impairs life role functioning and must be present for at least 6 months. Disorganized type in general has the worst prognosis and includes prominent disorganization of ...Read more
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