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Living With Schizophrenia
Been feeling quite disconnected lately, and depersonalized. So terrified of developing terrible untreatable schizophrenia and living life in terror. Therapist doesnt seem to think I'm at risk. Advice?
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
I was schizophrenic , now living my life normally but having problems with my dedication and job. Plz inform me is this schizophrenia related.
Could be: Schizophrenia is a chronic illness that requires ongoing help. Some symptoms are overtly psychotic -- like hallucinations and delusions. Other symptoms involve poor motivation, flat affect, and difficulty connecting with others and making decisions. All of these could affect your work. I've known schizophrenic people who work well, with ongoing medical help. Please see your psychiatrist. ...Read more
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
Hallucinations: By definition, schizophrenia is about psychosis. Psychosis means the patient is getting external stimuli from the environment through one or more of his or her five senses, that does not objectively exist. In other words there are auditory,visual, olfactory, gustatory, and tactile hallucinations that can be experienced by the patient. Auditory hallucinations, however, are the most common. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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