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Is Schizophrenia Curable
No, but treatable: We do not have a cure for schizophrenia, nor do we seem near to one. However, many with schizophrenia can lead quite normal lives with appropriate medications and other interventions. One of the hardest parts about this and many mental disorders is that, just when a person most needs help, he or she is least likely to believe it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
No cure: "process" schizophrenia is an older term for what we now think of as chronic schizophrenia. Although a variety to interventions, including medications, supportive therapy, and family work, can greatly improve quality of life and markedly reduce symptoms, we do not have a true cure of the illness, nor do we seem to be close to finding one. It tends to wax and wane & treatment adherence is key. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Serious, Chronic: Schizophrenia is a challenging condition to live with. But having a strong network of people in your life is a huge factor in how well people diagnosed with schizophrenia are able to manage their symptoms and live well. See: "family of many schizophrenia patients report positive personal growth" http://psych.Ly/10fyyxr via @psychcentral of course, access to quality healthcare also significant! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Brain disease: As schizophrenia is developing, brain cells disappear. Eventually the person shows withdrawal, strange thinking, inappropriate emotions, perhaps hears voices, and loses much of their previous ability to function as an adult; they can be a danger to self or others. It is a cruel disease and especially hard on caregivers who feel frustrated and unappreciated; the disease is no one's fault. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See DSM-IV-TR: You need to meet a group of criteria to be diagnosed with schizophrenia. People will have auditory hallucinations, bizarre delusion, paranoid thoughts, disorganized thought process. The symptoms have to cause a significant disfunction in social or occupational environment. The symptoms have to be present for 6 month or less of adequately treated. Symptoms can not be explained by drugs or medical. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Any Type Possible: The worst type of schizophrenia is the type that causes the greatest impairment in one's ability to function and does not respond to medical treatment. In the U.S. We recognize five sub-types of schizophrenia: paranoid, disorganized, catatonic, undifferentiated, and residual. Some studies show that the paranoid type may have a better prognosis for indepdent living than the other four. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clinical exam: Schizophrenia is diagnosed by a medical expert, like a psychiatrist, who interviews the individual to identify specific thinking patterns and symptoms. It is not diagnosed until symptoms have been present for many months, because symptoms of psychosis can improve on their own. The primary symptoms to look for are evidence of bizarre delusions or hallucinations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Schizophrenia is a serious, non-contagious mental illness. Sometimes schizophrenia is romanticized as some sort of creative, artistic state of mind. It is a devastating illness. Suggest you read http://infocenter.nimh.nih.gov/nimh/product/Schizophrenia/NIH%2010-3517.You may want to talk to a mental health professional as to way you'd want to have schizophrenia. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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