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Doctor insights on: High Functioning Schizophrenia

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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 foods can I eat to lessen my risks of schizophrenia and dementia, and increase memory function?

What foods can I eat to lessen my risks of schizophrenia and dementia, and increase memory function?

Mental health diet: I know of no medical research demonstrating that diet can cause or have an effect on schizophrenia. Omega 3 fatty acids are good for one's brain. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Any thoughts on why people with schizophrenia have such high rates of smoking (nicotine addiction)?

Any thoughts on why people with schizophrenia have such high rates of smoking (nicotine addiction)?

Nicotine & Schiz: There are different ideas about this, but no "written in stone" answers. One is the possibility that nicotine may assist people whose internal "gating" mechanisms may be faulty -- where they have trouble differentiating inner from outer stimuli. Another is that nicotine may simply be more addicting in schizophrenic brains than others. Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/23919443. ...Read more

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Can I take seroquel (quetiapine) without getting high blood sugar and other side effects? Paranoid schizophrenia dx

Can I take seroquel (quetiapine) without getting high blood sugar and other side effects? Paranoid schizophrenia dx

Yes.: It can cause metabolic syndrome and weight gain as all atypical antipsychotics, but to counteract that, exercise and a healthy diet would help. Monitor your weight. You doctor can check your hemoglobin-AiC, fasting glucose and lipids periodically. ...Read more

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What is the schizophrenia?

What is the schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia sympto: Symptoms are disorganized thinking/speech such as loosing train of thought or words incoherent, auditory hallucinations, bizarre delusions or delusions of persecution, social withdrawal, poor hygiene, lack of motivation, poor judgement/attention/executive functions. ...Read more

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Could I have schizophrenia?

Don't know: Don't know since I don't know and don't know your symptoms or your history. However if the question is could anyone get schizophrenia, the answer is yes. Education, wealth, family support does not matter as far as whether one is stricken by schizophrenia, but those things can affect prognosis. ...Read more

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How common is schizophrenia?

How common is schizophrenia?

About 1%: Of general population, but may be higher or lower in certain groups. About 9% in siblings and 50% for monozygotic twins of people with schizophrenia. ...Read more

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How do you get schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia: Nobody know for sure. Twin studies suggest there is a genetic component. Other risk factors may include viral infection in the mother during pregnancy, maternal malnutrition during pregnancy, stress early in life, childhood abuse or trauma, older parents, and drug use. ...Read more

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What can cause schizophrenia?

Simply...: A combination of genetic vulnerability and exposure to stress. ...Read more

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How do you get schizophrenia?

How do you get schizophrenia?

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

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How is schizophrenia treated?  

Medications mainly: Schizophrenia is treated by medications called anti-psychotics. They are prescribed by psychiatrists, who also engage patients in some "talk therapy". ...Read more

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How can one get schizophrenia?

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

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How is schizophrenia inherited?

How is schizophrenia inherited?

Not sure: While there is a lot of evidence that schizophrenia runs in families, the specific genes have been hard to figure out. It seems that the genetics are complicated because there is also a strong effect from environmental stressors like exposures by fetuses to certain viruses. There is also a newer idea called epigenetics in which the environment affects these genes that are related to schizophrenia. ...Read more

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How bad does schizophrenia get?

How bad does schizophrenia get?

Beyond psychosis: I agree completely with dr. Elliott that psychotic symptoms such as hallucination and delusions can be severe. 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

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How to diagnose a schizophrenia?

Difficult: Diagnosing schizophrenia early on, is difficult but critical. Look for new problems in school or on a job. Pay attention to social isolation and new onset of odd beliefs. When in doubt, consult a professional. Early treatment leads to the best outcomes. ...Read more

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When was schizophrenia discovered?

Late 1800's: The term schizophrenia was actually used starting in the early 1900's but the illness was recognized as different from bipolar disorder as far back as the mid 1800's. It was first considered a form of dementia, like alzheimers, that hit younger people. For that reason it was first called dementia praecox. However, the name schizophrenia became more popular in the early 1900's. ...Read more

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How debilitating is schizophrenia?

It depends: Schizophrenia is a chronic disorder for which there is no cure. However, the newer medications have significantly improved the functioning of those with this diagnosis. It is therefore important to get started on and stay on the right medication. ...Read more

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Will they ever cure schizophrenia?

Will they ever cure schizophrenia?

Unknown: Truly curing schizophrenia will require not just a drug, but whole communities and family supports. In many cases it will require a whole social re-education process once someone is no longer psychotic, to learn to live and interact with others. The medications we have now manage symptoms only, and do not actually "cure." hopefully this can improve with focused research and creative therapies. ...Read more