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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Overview)

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 what is going on.


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Can you define and describe schizophrenia?

Can you define and describe schizophrenia?

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 more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
1,344 doctors shared insights

Schizophrenia (Overview)

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 what is going on.


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How does schizophrenia affect certain sections of the brain?

How does schizophrenia affect certain sections of the brain?

Multiple areas: In schizophrenia there are multiple areas affected such as marked reductions in gray matter, decreased brain volume and activity in patients. Other structural changes include larger ventricles and basal nuclei. Please see the image provided which provides a good overview of all areas involved. ...Read more

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Living with Schizophrenia (Tip)

Living with Schizophrenia

This needs to be treated early on, not when it's worse. ...See more

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Living with Schizophrenia (Checklist)

Call your doctor or go to ER if you experience worsening of symptoms
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How is schizophrenia diagnosed? How can I tell if someone has schizophrenia? 

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 more

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Living with Schizophrenia (Tip)

Join nami. It is an invaluable resource and support. ...See more

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How to tell if these are early symptom of schizophrenia?

What symptoms?: Please ask the question again and clarify what symptoms you are experiencing. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of schizophrenia?

What are the symptoms of schizophrenia?

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 more

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Living with Schizophrenia (Tip)

Living with Schizophrenia

"my mind has been both my best friend and my worst enemy, " says elyn saks. ...See more