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Medicine For Disorganized Schizophrenia
Disorganized schizophrenia or hebephrenic schizophrenia
is one of several types of schizophrenia. The hallmarks of disorganized schizophrenia are psychoses; and speech and behavior that are inappropriate and don't make sense. At times it is difficult for them to communicate with others and they may not be able to complete daily activities. Severe form. ...Read more
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
Types: Schizophrenia is divided into types based on the symptoms that are most prominent such as paranoid, disorganized, undifferentiated catatonic and residual type. Disorganized type is characterized by speech and behavior that are disorganized or difficult to understand. They also have inappropriate emotions such as laughing for no reason. Their disorganized behavior can impair their ability to function. ...Read more
Medications: Schizophrenia of essentially any type requires medications, although much more also may be needed. Especially with disorganized schizophrenia, the individual often has trouble follow through on the most basic tasks of daily living. Medications may make a big dfifference, but other social support may be essential for the individual and the family. ...Read more
Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia is a primary psychotic condition characterized by at least one month of 2 or more of the following: delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech and/or behavior, and/or negative symptoms. It impairs life role functioning and must be present for at least 6 months. Disorganized type in general has the worst prognosis and includes prominent disorganization of speech, behavior & affect. ...Read more
No: While there may be some delusions in disorganized schizophrenia, the prominent feature in disorganized schizophrenia is disorganized thought or behavior. Disorganized thought manifests as illogical and nonsensical. ...Read more
Depends: Some antipsychotic medications are better than others. Some can cause metabolic syndome (i.E diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol), obesity, pancreatitis and low white blood cells. More research is needed. You must also consider other factors of a schizophrenia patient which negatively affects their life span including smoking, poor diet and substance abuse. ...Read more
Yes: Functional medicine is similar to orthomed. Some people with schizophrenia have mutations with methylation (like mthfr gene mutation). These defects completely throw off balanced production and elimination of important neurochemicals. Supplementation with methylb12, activated folate (folic acid) (5mthf), b6... In the right person can produce dramatic results. Quest or labcorp can run mthfr for $110... ...Read more
I'm suffering from schizophrenia since 2 years and there's no improvement.... And I want to stop using medicine. So can you tell me how to treat it?
Different ones: Antipsychotic medications are used to treat the hallucinations and delusions associated with schizophrenia. There are 20 different ones. Treatment for schizophrenia is best provided by a board certified psychiatrist. Antipsychotic medications require careful monitoring, especially as schizophrenia is a chronic condition. I like Invega sustenna (paliperidone palmitate) which is an injection that lasts one month. ...Read more
No such thing: Each person can respond to different medication differently. Best drug for one person will not be the best drug for every person. ...Read more
Hm. Deficits of...:
Could you tell me know what is meant by "deficits"?
As in, positive v negative symptoms; or social v occupational functioning difficulties that are problematic, for example.
Different folks struggle with different problems with this illness, and the term could mean a variety of things, treated in various ways, depending upon the person. ...Read more
Some new ones...: Latuda, saphris (asenapine) and Fanapt are some of the newer one but nothing revolutionary or superior to the older ones. ...Read more
See below: If you believe that your medication is not doing anything for you, please contact your prescribing provider. The issue of the diagnosis also can be address with the provider who diagnosed you. If still not satisfied, seeking a second opinion is always an option. Good luck! ...Read more
Helps not perfect: Just like every medication, we need more scientific research and drug development to make even better medications. They have side effects but can dramatically help reduce hallucinations and delusions for the majority of patients. I have seen many patients who start out completely confused and in the end able to go back to school and work. ...Read more
Can the new bloodtest for schizophrenia only work if I am off antipsychotic drugs when I do the test?
The test verapsych looks for biomarkers of the illness and would not be affected by taking antipsychotic medication
however use of the test has been suspended pending more research to support its usefulness. ...Read more
What do you advise if I was prescribed that wonderful drug by a psychiatrist due to schizophrenia. Where does that thing come from?
Drug companies: Drugs come from drug companies, who make and supply the drugs to you. You can ask your pharmacist the next time you see him/her for the exact name of the drug company that makes your drug. ...Read more
Schizophrenia: No proof of full effectiveness of such tx. ...Read more
Are there any prescription drugs that appear to cause or worsen symptoms of schizophrenia? Experienced symptoms of schizophrenia but only voices w med
Yes: Yes, any stimulant can exacerbate the positive symptoms of schizophrenia and also induce a psychotic like process. Basically any drug that increase dopamine too much in the brain can create a psychotic process whether it's a prescription drug or a street drug. Now every person is different so what amount can cause psychosis in one may not in another. ...Read more
Meds: There isn't any one best medication. I see your medications listed as paxil, (paroxetine) zoloft, wellbutrin & xanax. Are you taking Paxil (paroxetine) & zoloft simultaneously? It is unlikely that one single medication will be adequate (mono-therapy). However, an atypical antipsychotic may be a good choice. This class of medications is used for schizophrenia, often for bipolar disorder as well as dissociation >>. ...Read more
Can schizophrenia develope in your later years of your life especially after getting clean from hard drugs I have mos mood disorder and bi polar?
31 is not old: Schizophrenia I s not likely to develop late in life, but similar symptoms can. Hard drugs take a big toll on the whole person including the mind. Having other emotional disorders would make it all seem worse. The doctors treating the mood disorders can help with thought problems too. With so many years ahead of you, seek help to make them as good as they can be. Congrats on being clean! Good 4u. ...Read more
11 y/o whose behavior gets more odd/ disorganized/disconnected/moody as the day wears on; is it more likely to be schizophrenia or bipolar disease?
Neither: There are many more common disorders that can present as you describe. Could be as simple as ADHD. Have him seen by a developmental pediatrician and when you take him in be sure to have a detailed history of your observations, detailed family history, and information from his school. ...Read more
Can psychiatric medicines interfere with short term memory if taking them and switchiing. I was not diagnosis add but schizophrenia and feel like memory off?
Yes: Many psychiatric medications can cause problems with short term memory. This can be worse when medications are being changed or adjusted. Sometimes the memory problems resolve once your body becomes used to them. If memory problems do not resolve, then medications may need to be changed or adjusted by your psychiatrist. ...Read more
Antipsychotics: Both are effective. The difference is the tolerability & side-effect profiles. ...Read more
Schizophrenia is a primary psychotic condition characterized by at least one month of 2 or more of the following: delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech and/or behavior, and/or negative symptoms. It impairs life role functioning and must be present for at least 6 months. Disorganized type in general has the worst prognosis and includes prominent disorganization of ...Read more