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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?

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

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Mood (Definition)

Is how a patient says they feel, or how someone feels internally, versus how someone's mood appears, which is called "affect." if you say your mood is "happy, " and you appear to be so, we would say that your affect is congruent. If, however, you actually look really angry, we would say your mood is "happy" and ...Read more


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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?

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

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What are signs of schizophrenia? My boyfriend initially told me he "heard voices" about a year ago. I never took him seriously because the way he said it made it seem as if he was not really having a problem. He has very unpredictable mood changes, underg

What are signs of schizophrenia? My boyfriend initially told me he "heard voices" about a year ago. I never took him seriously because the way he said it made it seem as if he was not really having a problem. He has very unpredictable mood changes, underg

There : There are three types of symptoms with schizophrenia: positive symptoms, negative symptoms, and cognitive symptoms. When a person has positive symptoms they have lost touch with reality. They may experience hallucinations. There are different types of hallucinations. A person may hear voices or sounds coming from inside or outside their head, when there is no objective noise. They may see things that aren’t there, smell things even if there is not an aroma or they may have unusual sensations in their body without a physical cause. Another positive symptom is a delusion. A delusion is a belief that a person has that is not based on reality. For instance if someone has paranoid delusions, they might fear that other people want to harm them even if there is no evidence of this. An individual might think that they have special powers. If the person has a thought disorder it is hard for them to organize their thoughts. The person may speak in a bizarre way that is confusing or unintelligible to others. Negative symptoms can include getting little pleasure out of life; failing to take care of every day functions such as showering, changing clothes or brushing teeth; losing motivation; inability to carry out plans and lessening interactions with others. A person with negative symptoms may have very little facial expression and they might have a monotone voice. They may seem emotionless. Cognitive symptoms might not be as obvious as positive symptoms. They could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding what is going on. Illicit drug use can cause symptoms that mimic some of the features of schizophrenia. Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia can also share features. People with bipolar disorder can have marked issues with their mood. Anyone presenting with the symptoms discussed above needs a thorough evaluation by a psychiatrist which includes a medical evaluation for possible physical causes of symptoms. These are definately signs of a serious problem. Making comments about "ending it" are of particular concern. If your boyfriend threatens to kill himself, 911 should be contacted. ...Read more

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Please tell me about schizophrenia disease?

Please tell me about schizophrenia disease?

About schizophrenia: Schizophrenia has 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 what is going on. ...Read more

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What sort of disorders can schizophrenia cause?

What sort of disorders can schizophrenia cause?

Wrong question: The broad category you're probably asking about is psychosis--impaired reality testing, including hallucinations and delusions. There are many causes from tumors to poisons to various mental disorders such as depression and mania. Schizophrenia is in some ways "pure" psychosis, with no other explanation for the symptoms. ...Read more

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Is schizoactive disorder the same as schizophrenia?

Not exactly: However, it may be really difficult to tell the difference. Cognition elements like perceptual disturbances (i.e. Hallucinations) and/or disordered thought processes, including delusions and disorganized speech and thinking are primary in both. Frequent episodes of significant mood disorder (high and/or low) as also present in schizoaffective disorder. In simple schizophrenia mood is often flat. ...Read more

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If you have schizophrenia, what other disorders is it possible to have?

Comorbid illness: Substance use disorders anxiety disorders and other health conditions such as high blood pressure diabetes and elevated cholesterol are common conditions that occur with schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Is schizoaffective disorder schizophrenia?

No: By definition, there is a difference. Schizophrenia is characterized by psychosis which is when a person experiences hallucinations and/or delusions. A mood component is not part of such a clinical picture. Schizoaffective d/o is when a person has a major mood disorder and has also had periods of psychosis during times when they had no disturbance of their mood. There's bipolar & depressed types. ...Read more

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How is schizoaffective disorder different from schizophrenia?

Mood symptoms: Both disorders have prominent distortions of reality, with hallucination, delusions, and problems with thought processes. However, schizoaffective disorder also has prominent mood symptoms, depresison or mania, that occur in the same timeframe. Schizophrenia can have some associated mood disturbance, but usually not during the episode. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have schizophrenia or some kind of mental disorder?

Is it possible that I have schizophrenia or some kind of mental disorder?

Don't know your: Symptoms. If this is a concern would recommend a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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Could having a schizophrenia spectrum disorder mean you have schizophrenia?

Could having a schizophrenia spectrum disorder mean you have schizophrenia?

Sure: "Being on the schizophrenia spectrum" could mean one has schizophrenia or other disorders that share some symptoms with schizophrenia (e.g. brief psychotic disorder, schizotypal personality disorder, delusional disorder, etc). ...Read more

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What is the difference between having schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder?

They're similar: Officially, schizophrenia is a thought disorder characterized by psychosis which consists of hallucinations and/or delusions. Schizoaffective disorder is when a person fulfills diagnostic criteria for a mood disorder plus has periods of psychosis during times when the mood disorder symptoms are not present. There are two types of schizoaffective, bipolar & depressed types. ...Read more

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What's the difference between schizoaffective disorder and full-blown schizophrenia?

Both illnesses: Are "full blown" illnesses! in schizophrenia, psychotic symptoms a predominate. In schizoaffective disorder, both mood and psychotic symptom predominate. ...Read more

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How can you tell if someone might be developing schizophrenia or a personality disorder?

You might not: Be able to tell. You might pick up on something that is different or unusual, but you need a psychiatric evaluation to provide a diagnosis as well as a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia i disease or condition ? Is schizophrenia inherited from family members to others , what is it ? Is it true that could lead to complete mental disability if not treated on time and correctly ?

Is schizophrenia i disease or condition ? Is schizophrenia inherited from family members to others , what is it ? 
Is it true that could lead to complete mental disability  if not treated on time and correctly  ?

Well,,,,: Schizophrenia is a syndrome. A syndrome is a collection of symptoms for which there is no known cause genetics of schizophrenia can be inherited or from spontaneous mutation. Schizophrenia is a leading cause of medical disability. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the differences between schizophrenia and bipolor disorder?

Doctors, what are the differences between schizophrenia and bipolor disorder?

Thoughts vs Moods: Schizophrenia is a disorder of a person's thoughts, known as psychosis. Psychosis involves having hallucinations and/or delusions. In schizophtenia, the most common hallucinations are auditory, whereby the person hears voices and the most common delusions are paranoid in nature. Bipolar disorder involves a problem with one's mood. Manic episodes, or extreme mood elevations is the main hallmark. ...Read more

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Hyper-schizophrenia stress disorder like ptsd, should I be concerned?

Hyper-schizophrenia stress disorder like ptsd, should I be concerned?

Confusing question.: Ask your question again with a few more details. I don't understand the connection among hyper, schizophrenia, stress, and ptsd. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia a brain disease?

Is schizophrenia a brain disease?

Brain Disease - Yes: We know that the symptoms of schizophrenia occur because of malfunctions in the brain. While the cause is unknown, the symptoms of schizophrenia has been thought to be a function of excess Dopamine new theories are beginning to emerge as to possible causes and as to the malfunctions of the brain leading to the symptoms of schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for bipolar or schizophrenia disorder?

Is there a cure for bipolar or schizophrenia disorder?

Bipolar: Sadly, there is not a cure for either of these. It's much more a matter of management, which is life-long and arduous, than it is of cure, I am sorry to say. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia a degenerative disease?

Is schizophrenia a degenerative disease?

?: There is a lot of conflicting evidence out there - some studies say it is not degenerative and others say it is. At this point in time, we really don't know for sure. There are still a lot of unanswered questions out there regarding schizophrenia. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

A chronic mental disorder characterized by loss of touch with reality (psychosis), often with paranoia, delusions, and auditory hallucinations, ...Read more