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Do High Fevers Cause Schizophrenia
Mental disorder with 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 ...Read more
Not sure: The visual abnormalities to what you are refering are likely called visual hallucinations and are part of the psychotic processes. There is a theory that psychosis is caused by an excess of a neurotransmitter called Dopamine in the limbic system in the brain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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