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Schizophrenia Screening Test
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 psychiatrist diagnosed me with schizophrenia. I challenged him to show me a test that proved it. He said he couldn't. Am i still schizophrenic?
You may well be: I haven't met you, so i can't say whether i would diagnose you with schizophrenia. However, no definitive lab tests "prove" one is -- or is not -- schizophrenic. At this point -- and until functional mri's and other studies are better able to reliably show replicable signs of this illness -- schizophrenia is a clinical diagnosis determined from longitudinal history and mental status exam. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not specifically: I'm unaware of a validated test just for Schizophrenia such as we have for mental status in patients with dementias, depression, fatigue, spasticity, MS, etc. However, neuropsychologists have a whole battery of tests at their disposal which can accurately measure performance in many cognitive domains which can be monitored by those treating schizophrenic pts useful to checking their progress. ...Read more
If you're asking...: The fact that you are asking the question suggests that something is happening to you that needs assessment. If you are having "unusual experiences" such as hearing voices or seeing things others don't see--not related to drug use--or otherwise are finding yourself having a harder time with general thinking processes, get an assessment. It may be something else entirely, but you should find out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't self-diagnose: You need to see a professional to see if you think you may have schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a major life-long illness, requiring on-going treatment with big-time medications. Please take better care of yourself. Don't use an online test for something so potentially serious. Call your local community mental health center and ask how they can help you afford a legitimate evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can the new bloodtest for schizophrenia only work if I am off antipsychotic drugs when I do the test?
On hold: The test verapsych looks for biomarkers of the illness and would not be affected by taking antipsychotic medication however use of the test has been suspended pending more research to support its usefulness. ...Read more
I would like to know if I have schizophrenia. I hear voices, I see things, both the schizophrenia test I took indicate I may have it. Help?
Get checked!: Before a psychiatric diagnosis is made, a physical reason for your symptoms must be ruled out. See a doc for a physical and appropriate testing to find out why you are hearing voices and seeing things. Do not drink alcohol or use recreational drugs. Avoid herbal medications until you discuss them with your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more
Although : Psychological testing can be performed, the main way that these conditions are diagnosed is through obtaining history from the person and others who know them ; via observation. ...Read more
Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more