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Is there a long prodromal phase before schizophrenia?

Is there a long prodromal phase before schizophrenia?

There can be: There is a variable period of time during which individuals have some symptoms beore they meet full criteria for schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

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


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How can you save someone who may have the prodromal phase of schizophrenia?

First assess!: Many disorders, from pervasive developmental disorder to depression to personality disorder may suggest early schizophrenia, so a thorough evaluation, possibly including sophisticated tests for biological markers associated with schizophrenia, should be the first stop. If there is a prodrome, start with cognitive behavioral therapy, add fish oil, and consider antipsychotics. ...Read more

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How does one distinguish between prodromal phase of schizophrenia or is it possibly it is nothing or turns into nothing at all over time?

Need time: Schizophrenia is often proceeded by a pro drone phase that is most evident in retrospect after the acute phase of illness has manifested. In its midst, the symptoms of the pro drone phase are to vague to support a diagnosis. If suspected, individuals in the pro drone phase should have ongoing evaluation by a physician. ...Read more

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Didn't have schizophrenia before but developed after stopping geodon (ziprasidone)? Isit a paradoxical reaction?Psychiatrist is prophetic? Prodomal? How?Imbalance

Didn't have schizophrenia before but developed after stopping geodon (ziprasidone)? Isit a paradoxical reaction?Psychiatrist is prophetic? Prodomal? How?Imbalance

Natural history.: Sounds like natural progression of the disease. Geodon (ziprasidone) is an atypical antipsychotic fda approved for schizophrenia / bipolar d/o. You may not have had a clear diagnosis prior to the medication, but the diagnosis has become apparent with time. Geodon (ziprasidone) does not cause scizophrenia. ...Read more

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How long would schizophrenia take to develop?

6 months.: Prodromal or active symptoms must be present for at least six months to make the diagnosis. There must be a one month period of certain symptoms (combinations of delusions, halluncinaitons, disorganized speedch or behavior & /or negative symptoms). ...Read more

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Does schizoaffective have longer periods of remission than schizophrenia?

Does schizoaffective have longer periods of remission than schizophrenia?

No: Schizoaffective (sa)disorder is a combination of schizophrenia (s) and mood disorder (md)(bipolar, depressed, or manic). S and sa are chronic and progressive with fluctuating symtoms, but no full remission. Md are episodic with complete remission between episodes. ...Read more

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Will someone be normal for a long time and get schizophrenia?

Yes: The age of onset for schizophrenia is earlier in males between 20-25, and later for females 30-35. There is childhood onset of schizophrenia as well. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for Abilify (aripiprazole) to begin working for schizophrenia?

4-7 days: Depending on the dose started and the schedule to increase to a target dose, generally 4-7 days one should see results (less symptoms overall). ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to diagnose bipolar or schizophrenia?

Please tell me how long it takes for to diagnose bipolar or schizophrenia?

Varies: The length of time it takes to diagnose an illness can vary from person to person. Some patients will present with very clear-cut symptoms while for others it may take a few visits to gather more information before making a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is there a long-acting shot to treat drug addiction (like the shots for schizophrenia)?

Is there a long-acting shot to treat drug addiction (like the shots for schizophrenia)?

Vivitrol: There is an injectable medication called vivitrol, which is an opiate blocker which lasts one month. It's indicated for opiate dependency and alcohol dependency. ...Read more

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