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Doctor insights on: Tests For Schizophrenia Prodromal

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Is there a long prodromal phase before schizophrenia?

Is there a long prodromal phase before schizophrenia?

There can be: There is a variable period of time during which individuals have some symptoms beore they meet full criteria for schizophrenia. ...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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How can you save someone who may have the prodromal phase of schizophrenia?

First assess!: Many disorders, from pervasive developmental disorder to depression to personality disorder may suggest early schizophrenia, so a thorough evaluation, possibly including sophisticated tests for biological markers associated with schizophrenia, should be the first stop. If there is a prodrome, start with cognitive behavioral therapy, add fish oil, and consider antipsychotics. ...Read more

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How does one distinguish between prodromal phase of schizophrenia or is it possibly it is nothing or turns into nothing at all over time?

Need time: Schizophrenia is often proceeded by a pro drone phase that is most evident in retrospect after the acute phase of illness has manifested. In its midst, the symptoms of the pro drone phase are to vague to support a diagnosis. If suspected, individuals in the pro drone phase should have ongoing evaluation by a physician. ...Read more

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Didn't have schizophrenia before but developed after stopping geodon (ziprasidone)? Isit a paradoxical reaction?Psychiatrist is prophetic? Prodomal? How?Imbalance

Didn't have schizophrenia before but developed after stopping geodon (ziprasidone)? Isit a paradoxical reaction?Psychiatrist is prophetic? Prodomal? How?Imbalance

Natural history.: Sounds like natural progression of the disease. Geodon (ziprasidone) is an atypical antipsychotic fda approved for schizophrenia / bipolar d/o. You may not have had a clear diagnosis prior to the medication, but the diagnosis has become apparent with time. Geodon (ziprasidone) does not cause scizophrenia. ...Read more

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Is there is any tests to show progress on schizophrenia?

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

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How can I be certain that I need tests for schizophrenia?

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 more

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Where can I find a test for schizophrenia online?

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 more

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Where does a person go to get test for schizophrenia?

Psychiatrist/others: Diagnosis of schizophrenia requires a psychiatric/psychological evaluation to elicit symptom/signs and establish the duration of your illness to determine if you meet the criteria for schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Can the new bloodtest for schizophrenia only work if I am off antipsychotic drugs when I do the test?

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

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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