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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?

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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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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What can cause schizophrenia?

What can cause schizophrenia?

Simply...: A combination of genetic vulnerability and exposure to stress. ...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

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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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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)

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

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What is the best treatment for schizophrenia?

It depends: Antipsychotic medications are a common and effective treatment for schizophrenia. Supportive therapies that aim to improve social functioning and promote autonomy are also an important component of treatment. The best treatment largely depends on individual differences such as the severity of the illness and the subtype of schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Which types of schizophrenia are there?

Here you go: Paranoid undifferentiated catatonic residual disorganized.

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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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