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Should my friend still go to work if he has schizophrenia?

Should my friend still go to work if he has schizophrenia?

Is it controlled?: Is your friend being treated for schizophrenia, and is the schizophrenia controlled? Is he or she a danger to himself and/or others? If your friend answers yes to any of these questions, or with your observation you answer yes to any of these questions, strongly advise your friend to see a psychiatrist before going to work. Schizophrenia is a treatable psychiatric condition. ...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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My friend has schizophrenia and I want to know if she will turn violent ?

My friend has schizophrenia and I want to know if she will turn violent ?

Schizophrenia : It is not common but possible to see aggression in subtype of schizophrenia called paranoid schizophrenia when they are under the influence of illicit substances. ...Read more

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If a teenager says they have an imaginary friend, could this be a sign of schizophrenia or something?

If a teenager says they have an imaginary friend, could this be a sign of schizophrenia or something?

It is unusual: Imaginary friends are a common phenomenon in children, up to about age 5-6. Most teens have a clear sense of "normal" behavior and would not likely have an imaginary friend. Let alone tell others. It the teen is doing well otherwise, probably no need for concern; but, it wouldn't hurt to ask what purpose the "friend" serves. And, if the teen is avoiding real friends, help might be needed. ...Read more

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My friend just stopped abusing oxycontin, she thinks she has schizophrenia because she is seeing someone who isn't really there. Is this a side effect?

My friend just stopped abusing oxycontin, she thinks she has schizophrenia because she is seeing someone who isn't really there. Is this a side effect?

Could be: Withdrawl symptoms could involve hallucinations such as you describe. Lots of things come in to play here - how much she was taking, how often she used, how quickly she is withdrawing - is she stopping cold turkey without the oversight of a doc? I would be a good friend and encourage her to get clean, but she likely needs professional help to do that, and could be dangerous if she doesn't get help. ...Read more

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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

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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

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Could a person see and hear imaginary friends as an adult, but not have schizophrenia?

Yes: While common in children, it is rare in adults but not necessarily part of a psychosis. And not all psychotic symptoms are schizophrenia. If there are none of the other diagnostic signs, it's not schizophrenia. If no other disordered thinking, it's not a psychosis. Some writers experience such relationships w/ their characters. Don't worry. ...Read more

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How do I tell my friends I have schizophrenia and am going to stay in a psychiatric hospital?

How do I tell my friends I have schizophrenia and am going to stay in a psychiatric hospital?

Unashamed: Help educate your friends about mental illness in general and schizophrenia in particular. Hospitalization is a time when your true friends should rally around you. Any friend who would abandon you during a difficult time was not a friend to begin with. Elimination of the stigma of mental illness will happen one relationship at a time. Be strong and unashamed and your good friends will as well. ...Read more

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If the patient doesn't show waxy flexibility at all can they still have catonia schizophrenia?

Yes: Waxy flexibility is a symptom that can commonly occur in the context of catatonia but is not a required symptoms to diagnosis the condition. ...Read more

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