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How to diagnose a schizophrenia?

How to diagnose a schizophrenia?

Difficult: Diagnosing schizophrenia early on, is difficult but critical. Look for new problems in school or on a job. Pay attention to social isolation and new onset of odd beliefs. When in doubt, consult a professional. Early treatment leads to the best outcomes. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more


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When was schizophrenia discovered?

Late 1800's: The term schizophrenia was actually used starting in the early 1900's but the illness was recognized as different from bipolar disorder as far back as the mid 1800's. It was first considered a form of dementia, like alzheimers, that hit younger people. For that reason it was first called dementia praecox. However, the name schizophrenia became more popular in the early 1900's. ...Read more

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How debilitating is schizophrenia?

It depends: Schizophrenia is a chronic disorder for which there is no cure. However, the newer medications have significantly improved the functioning of those with this diagnosis. It is therefore important to get started on and stay on the right medication. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of schizophrenia?

See DSM-IV-TR: You need to meet a group of criteria to be diagnosed with schizophrenia. People will have auditory hallucinations, bizarre delusion, paranoid thoughts, disorganized thought process. The symptoms have to cause a significant disfunction in social or occupational environment. The symptoms have to be present for 6 month or less of adequately treated. Symptoms can not be explained by drugs or medical. ...Read more

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What is the onset of schizophrenia?

What is the onset of schizophrenia?

Early signs : The onset of schizophrenia is usually in late adolescence to early adulthood. Sometimes the onset can be rapid or gradual. Early signs can be social isolation, deterioration in hygiene, paranoia, inapproriate laughter, making irrational or odd statements, appear emotionless or unmotivated, may abandon hobbies and activites and their performance at work or school deteriorates. ...Read more

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How to know if I have schizophrenia?

Get a check up: As the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) founded by the late Dr Szasz, points out, there are actually no biological markers for the diagnosis of schizophrenia or the other psychiatric diagnoses. If you are not feeling well I therefore suggest asking your Family Doctor to give you a complete check up to rule out any medical illnesses for a start. ...Read more

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What are some signs of schizophrenia?

What are some signs of schizophrenia?

Early signs: Onset of schizophrenia is usually in late adolescence to early adulthood. Sometimes the onset can be rapid or gradual. Early signs can be social isolation, deterioration in hygiene, paranoia, hallucinations, making irrational or odd statements, appear emotionless or unmotivated, may abandon hobbies and activites and their performance at work or school deteriorates. ...Read more

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Can someone be aware of schizophrenia?

All illness have : Varying degrees, so yes, some people can be aware of their illness. ...Read more

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How to know if i 'have' schizophrenia?

Talk to a doctor: Schizophrenia is a chronic condition characterized by psychosis. Psychosis can be described as distorted reality such as hearing votives or paranoid thoughts. Schizophrenia is a leading cause of disability. Effective treatments exist for this condition. ...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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Dr. Jane Steiner
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Ativan (Definition)

Ativan (lorazepam) is a medication used to treat a person with anxiety or anxiety related to depression. Lorazepam is a type of medication called a benzodiazepine. It slows the activity in a person's brain, so he is ...Read more