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Schizophrenia (Definition)

A mental disorder with positive, negative, and cognitive symptoms. A person with positive symptoms loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative symptoms: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of everyday functions; losing motivation; the inability to carry out plans in isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...Read more


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Help please! Is excessive writing a sign of schizophrenia or bipolar?

Help please! Is excessive writing a sign of schizophrenia or bipolar?

Maybe, maybe not: I agree with dr. Weixel that there are many possible causes for excessive writing. Also "excessive" may be in the eye of the beholder. Witness authors trying to complete a novel, for instance! To understand what's happening, one needs to review the writing itself and place in context with all else about the person. Some people with complex partial seizures also manifest excessive writing. ...Read more

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Is it possible there is a cure (s) for autism and schizophrenia?

Is it possible there is a cure (s) for autism and schizophrenia?

Not yet: However, researchers are trying to find ways to cure them. Schizophrenia can be maintained well on medications. They are also making advances in communication skills for autistic people using computerized technology which is very hopeful. ...Read more

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How common is schizophrenia?

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How common is schizophrenia?

About 1%: Of general population, but may be higher or lower in certain groups. About 9% in siblings and 50% for monozygotic twins of people with schizophrenia. ...Read more

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How do you get schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia: Nobody know for sure. Twin studies suggest there is a genetic component. Other risk factors may include viral infection in the mother during pregnancy, maternal malnutrition during pregnancy, stress early in life, childhood abuse or trauma, older parents, and drug use. ...Read more

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What can cause schizophrenia?

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

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How do you get schizophrenia?

How do you get schizophrenia?

We used to think: That schizophrenia was due to inadequate parenting. Unfortunately, blame was placed on parents and families; however, although the environment can play a part in making things worse, the cause is probably physiological. Medications help control the symptoms. Research seems to concur. Family and individual therapy can help the in families to be more supportive, but medication is what is most needed. ...Read more

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Is my speech if schizophrenia good?

Good or bad?: Schizophrenia is not good or bad. One is born with the trait and environmental factors and growing up allows it to express when it manifests itself with symptoms and signs.
There is no reason to judge good or bad. One is born with it and learns to cope and live with the help of medications and psycho-social support. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have schizophrenia?

How can I know if I have schizophrenia?

You can't.: Psychotic symptoms are hallmarks of schizophrenia, but they are symptoms that can occur in many illnesses. First make an appointment with your family doctor and if medically cleared, make an appointment with a psychiatrist in your area to help you figure this out. You have nothing to loose and potentially so much to gain! ...Read more

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How can I know if I have schizophrenia?

How can I know if I have schizophrenia?

Psychiatric eval: 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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What are some symptoms of schizophrenia?

What are some symptoms of schizophrenia?

Distorted reality: There are positive and negative symptoms. Some positive symptoms are: misinterpreting situations or perceptions, sensing things with any of your 5 senses that are not there, disorganized thinking where thoughts don't make sense, behaving in inappropriate ways to the situation. Some negative symptoms are: disengagement from normal activities, showing no emotion, and social withdrawal. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia a degenerative disease?

Is schizophrenia a degenerative disease?

?: There is a lot of conflicting evidence out there - some studies say it is not degenerative and others say it is. At this point in time, we really don't know for sure. There are still a lot of unanswered questions out there regarding schizophrenia. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have mild schizophrenia?

Gosh, a pro opinion: Onset of schizophrenia at age 36 would be rare, though no individual advice can be given here. Schizophrenia is a serious disorder, even if mild. Symptoms are often delusions, being out of touch with reality, hallucinatioins, difficulties connecting with people and disorganization of thoughts. Medical evaluation and psychiatric and/or psychological evals w.B. Wise before jumping to conclusions. ...Read more

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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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Can you have borderline and schizophrenia?

You can have border: Line personality disorder first and then develop schizophrenia later on. Once however you have received a schizophrenia diagnosis then the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder is dropped. ...Read more

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How can you know someone has schizophrenia?

It may be difficult: It may not be particularly apparent for an observer to know whether or not someone has schizophrenia. With the most common type-paranoid schizophrenia-the person may not say anything or really do anything which would cause others to think there is a problem. Often, only after careful investigation and an evaluation by a psychiatrist will the diagnosis of schizophrenia be able to be made. ...Read more

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What can be initial signs of schizophrenia?

Prodromal sxs: Prodromal symptoms of schizophrenia may include social withdrawal, loss of interest in activities, spending time alone-doing very little, lack of communication, digressive speech, unusual perceptual experiences. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of mild schizophrenia?

Mild?: Not sure what you mean by mild schizophrenia. There are certainly varying degrees of symptoms. There are negative symptoms: affective blunting; alogia (impoverished thinking); apathy; anhedonia/asociality; and disturbance of attention and positive symptoms: paranoid delusions, auditory/visual hallucinations and other perceptual disturbances. ...Read more

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Help please? How is schizophrenia diagnosed?

Help please? How is schizophrenia diagnosed?

Schizophrenia: Firstly, do not diagnose yourself. Get a full psychiatric evaluation and inquire about medication options to control hallucinations and other symptoms. Also get a referral to a reputable psychotherapist who specializes in psychotic disorders. DO IT TODAY. ...Read more

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How harmful for your health is schizophrenia?

Serious, Chronic: Schizophrenia is a challenging condition to live with. But having a strong network of people in your life is a huge factor in how well people diagnosed with schizophrenia are able to manage their symptoms and live well. See: "family of many schizophrenia patients report positive personal growth" http://psych. Ly/10fyyxr via @psychcentral of course, access to quality healthcare also significant! ...Read more

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What are the early symptoms of schizophrenia?

Only some: Functional decline, social isolation, personality changes are some of the early symptoms of schizophrenia. However, the lack of these does not rule out the possibility. Accurate diagnosis is only possible in person, evaluation by a psychiatrist is the norm. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Which type of schizophrenia is the worst type?

Which type of schizophrenia is the worst type?

Any Type Possible: The worst type of schizophrenia is the type that causes the greatest impairment in one's ability to function and does not respond to medical treatment. In the U.S. We recognize five sub-types of schizophrenia: paranoid, disorganized, catatonic, undifferentiated, and residual. Some studies show that the paranoid type may have a better prognosis for indepdent living than the other four. ...Read more

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Help! I am afraid of developing schizophrenia?

Help! I am afraid of developing schizophrenia?

You are past the age: Generally schizophrenia is recognized in young adulthood or late teens. It is possible to have psychotic symptoms arise in older people, but they'd probably not be schizophrenia related. See a psychiatrist to describe the symptoms that concern you. Try to relax - fear will make everything much worse. You'll be doing the right thing to see an expert. ...Read more

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Is odd speech always present in schizophrenia?

Is odd speech always present in schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia+speech: Sc diagnosis requires "gross disorganization of speech or behavior, " so it is common to see abnormal speech content [due to the thinking disorder] and style, due to odd emotional tone and poor social skills. Involves hallucinations often, paranoid delusions="fixed false beliefs" the patient does not reality test. It often effects a downward work+social spiral+ loss of interpersonal function. ...Read more

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Could I be at risk of developing schizophrenia?

Could I be at risk of developing schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia: Firstly, do not diagnose yourself. Get a full psychiatric evaluation and inquire about medication options to control hallucinations and other symptoms. Also get a referral to a reputable psychotherapist who specializes in psychotic disorders. DO IT TODAY. ...Read more

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How do I know if I am developing schizophrenia?

How do I know if I am developing schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia: Firstly, do not diagnose yourself. Get a full psychiatric evaluation and inquire about medication options to control hallucinations and other symptoms. Also get a referral to a reputable psychotherapist who specializes in psychotic disorders. DO IT TODAY. ...Read more

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What are the signs of very severe schizophrenia?

What are the signs of very severe 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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Are there early childhood signs of schizophrenia?

YES: A good number of people who are diagnosed with schizophrenia as adults have evidence of information processing irregularity in childhood. ...Read more

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Are some types of schizophrenia not all that bad?

Less debilitating: I have a few pts who r able to keep a job marry & have children--they were diagnosed & treated early their families supportive they were insightful & compliant & may have had a milder form of the illness. ...Read more

Receptor (Definition)

An organ, cell or molecule that accepts an outside signal and causes an internal change. Eyes receive light, touch receptors send messages to the brain when stimulated by pressure and estrogen receptors bind Estradiol causing responses of normal breast, ovary and uterus cells to rising and falling levels of the female steroid hormones. Most of the time "receptor" refers to one ...Read more


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