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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

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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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

There are not ‘schizophrenics, ’ there are people with schizophrenia.” — elyn saks. ...See more

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Living with Schizophrenia (Checklist)

Take meds regularly
Once
See your doctor
Monthly
Attend group therapy or a support group
60 Min, Weekly, forever
Believe in yourself and the power of recovery
Once
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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?

Abnormal thoughts: There are a number of symptoms. These include hallucinations usually auditory ( voices, sounds) bizarre thoughts and delusions held in spite of contrary evidence ( I am poisoned, space aliens are watching me etc.), inability to focus, or carry out plans. Flat affect and lack of pleasure in activities. ...Read more

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Living with Schizophrenia (Tip)

Living with Schizophrenia

Let someone know where you are when you go out. ...See more

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Living with Schizophrenia (Checklist)

Take your medications faithfully
Daily
See a therapist or counselor
Weekly
Avoid living alone
Once
Work out as often as you can
Every other day
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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. ...Read more

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