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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.


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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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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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.


Dr. Brian Writer
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What is the definition or description of: disorganized schizophrenia?

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

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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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Dr. Leslie Howell
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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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Dr. Daryl Tanski
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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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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Living with Schizophrenia (Tip)

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

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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How to tell if these are early symptom of schizophrenia?

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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Dr. Alfredo Soto
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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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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Living with Schizophrenia

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

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