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Schizophrenia Effects On Daily Life
My friend is suffering of schizophrenia stage 2.Doctors say it can be due to daily intake of weed for a year. Is weed that harmful?
MJ is a drug/illicit: Wheat is also known as cannabis, marijuana, mj, and is considered an illicit drug, in the status of a narcotic, schedule one. And someone who has underlying schizophrenia, it may make the symptoms appear worse, or sooner, since it does affect the brain, and cognition, and memory. A lot depends on how much he was smoking, and for how long. This is what his doctor's worried about. ...Read more
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
My friend is suffering from stage 2 schizophrenia.His doctor stated, its because of weed he use to smoke daily since a year. Is weed that harmfull?
Unlikely: To my knowledge, there is no definitive research that supports this conclusion. More likely is that genetics influenced the development of schizophrenia. It's possible that heavy marijuana use sped up the process. Also likely he was in the prodromal stage of schizophrenia and was using marijuana to mask the symptoms he was having. Your friend will need your support. Good luck to you both. ...Read more
I am concerned about the long term effects of haldol injections on my sons physical body and his mental state also. He is 27 and will probably have to take it for the rest of his life. He has schizophrenia. Is that true, does he have to take it for the re
Talk w/son's doctor: Schizophrenia is a serious, chronic condition requiring long-term treatment. Conventional medicine has no cure for schizophrenia, but helps manage symptoms through judicious use of Haldol and others. Depot injections especially benefit patients whose illnesses make them not take oral forms. There can be side effects; must balance these vs risk of psychosis. Please discuss with son's psychiatrist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Catastrophic: Schizophrenia is a severely debilitating illness which effects all aspects of one's life. There are rarely "high functioning" schizophrenics. Appropriate treatment is critical to decrease the long term decline in functioning. Unfortunately the social stigma is even more devastating than the illness itself. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is the prognosis? How likely is it that a person with schizophrenia will ever have a "normal" life?
It Depends: Many folks with schizophrenia can and do live "normal" lives, especially and usually if they are compliant with their medication regimens. The prognosis can thus vary greatly, depending again, on the level of compliance with the medications. Some studies suggest that those with schizophrenia do best when treated with a long acting injectable form of an antipsychotic drug, like Invega sustenna.. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Did not think i had schizophrenia but dr said i had schizophrenia and would need meds for life. Is this common?
Sometimes: I would recommend you get in treatment with a good counselor and work with them in addition to your doctor to understand what if any diagnosis you have over time . Medications are tools (just like a shovel for digging a hole) they help is.Also excellent nutrition taking additives put of your diet and fish oil can help but meds maybe important tools over the long term. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
?: Schizophrenia is a chronic illness and variably progressive. Symptoms may fluctuate and treatment may eliminate many of the symptoms and slow progression. If you have no hallucinations, disorganized thought process, or paranoia without medication it is possible you were misdiagnosed. Many other possibilities. See a psychiatrist. ...Read more
Depends: Some antipsychotic medications are better than others. Some can cause metabolic syndome (i.E diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol) , obesity, pancreatitis and low white blood cells. More research is needed. You must also consider other factors of a schizophrenia patient which negatively affects their life span including smoking, poor diet and substance abuse. ...Read more
Is schizophrenia acquired or are we born with it? Is someone born with a propensity for it or is it acquired in some way during your life?
Born with, but......: Schizophrenia has a largely genetic and neurodevelopmental etiology although it is often unmasked in times of severe stress. For example, people who move to new countries often go through enormous amounts of stress and this leads to deterioration in mental health that is thought to tip people who have a genetic propensity for schizophrenia towards developing the disease. ...Read more
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