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Do High Fevers Cause Schizophrenia
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
What's the latest research regarding prenatal flu in second trimester and infant schizophrenia? I'm 16 wks preg. And have the flu...trying to gauge real risk from daunting studies that suggest 14% of schizophrenia cases are due to prenatal flu.
Low Risk: The reported connection between the flu and schizophrenia is a controversial topic. However, keep in mind that the rate of schizophrenia is 0.5-1% of the general population. Even if 14% of cases are due to flu exposure during pregnancy, you are talking about a very low percentage of risk. Stay calm and stay focused on your overall health. ...Read more
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
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
Schizophrenia: Genetically based chronic psychiatric illness. Treatment provides symptom relief. ...Read more
We're unsure: Psychosis is the main symptom for most with schizophrenia. Delusions are part of psychosis, as are hallucinations. Paranoid delusions are common. By definition, delusions are part of this disease. There is a theory that an excess of the neurotransmitter Dopamine plays an important role. ...Read more
Not a cause: Deficiency of any kind is not known to be a cause of schizophrenia (a brain disorder). The precise cause of schizophrenia is unknown. Some researchers suspect that environmental factors may increase the risk of triggering schizophrenia. Viruses, toxins or malnutrition while in the womb, stressful life circumstances, and taking psychoactive drugs during adolescence are also being studied, e.g. ...Read more
Antipsychotics causes Dopamine blockade increasing levels of Prolactin which causes unovulation and irregular menstrual cycles due to decrease levels of Follicle stimulating hormones and Estrogen. It also causes decrease libido, galactorrhea and osteoporosis.
For man, the there is decrease in testosterone and galactorrhea and decrease libido. ...Read more
Don't count on it: Please continue to use contraception and practice safe sex. If you believe you are having infertility problems, you should seek medical help to evaluate the cause of infertility. Many men who take schizophrenia medication are able to father children. Sterility is not a common side effect of medications. ...Read more
Not likely: The two diseases are incredibly dissimilar. When malaria does produce alterations in thought patterns it is due to delerium from markedly elevated fevers, to profound anemia with cerebral hypoxia, to cerebral malaria (p. Falciparum), or to associated mosquito borne infections with other organisms, all of which are acute illnesses, often resulting in death. ...Read more
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
Probably: Schizophrenia is one of the most serious public health problems in the world, affecting just under 1% of the world's population. Essential features are deterioration in function (hallucinations, delusions, poor judgement). The medications can present significant side effects. And because of poor judgement patients may disregard medical problems, increase in suicide risk and violent behavior. ...Read more
Wrong question: The broad category you're probably asking about is psychosis--impaired reality testing, including hallucinations and delusions. There are many causes from tumors to poisons to various mental disorders such as depression and mania. Schizophrenia is in some ways "pure" psychosis, with no other explanation for the symptoms. ...Read more
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
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
Brain issues: Schizophrenia and all mental disorders to some extent are represented by alterations in brain structures or functions (neurochemistry/neurotransmitters/chemical imbalances). The brain is like a computer's operating system. If a problem develops in the operating system the computer won't function entirely properly. This is also how the brain's functioning affects a person's experience & behavior. ...Read more
If a person takes medication to treat schizophrenia, but didn't have schizophrenia would the medication cause symptoms of schizophrenia?
Psychiatric meds: Are designed to reduce the symptoms not make them occur. They should only be taken as prescribed by the psychiatrist. If you have a bad reaction to any medication call the prescribing physician. No psychiatrist gives medications without being sure of their diagnosis. If symptoms increase you may need a different dosage to counteract the disorder. Call the psychiatrist and meet with them. ...Read more
I have mental health issues schizophrenia and I was wondering if that could cause fasculations all around the entire body for two weeks now?
No, but your: Medications could, assuming you are being treated. Talk to your Psychiatrist. ...Read more
Yes: In general this can be a side effect but only for a minority of people. Discuss with your psychiatrist or doctor. ...Read more
Could schizophrenia cause tics? I had tics first but then I was diagnosed with mild schizophrenia.
Is schizophrenia the cause that I dony have dreams or I just cant remember it (but I do have daydreams)?
It is possible that: A medication you are taking is blocking REM sleep/dreaming. Talk with the doc who prescribed your meds. It's more likely that you don't remember your dreams. Lots of people do not. If you tell yourself to remember your dreams before you sleep you may begin to remember. You need to write them down at once when you wake or you will forget them again. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Has it been determined that repeated stress and inability to find jobs cause one to develop schizophrenia?
I want to go back on my medications but my mommy can't know. Doctors told me before I have schizophrenia I was off them cause I wasn't in the country?
Medication: May need to call the doctor for an appointment or have him/her call the pharmacy for a new prescription if possible ...Read more
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
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
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
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
It can: There are reports of muscle spasms being associated with schizophrenia, although some authors suggest this is a result of the treatment of the disorder rather than the disorder itself. Please see your doctor to determine potential causes of these symptoms, particularly if they are new. ...Read more
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