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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)

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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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?

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?

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

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How could docs or psychiatrists test for schizophrenia?

How could docs or psychiatrists test for schizophrenia?

Not a simple test: There is no blood test for schizophrenia. Schizophrenia can be diagnosed from a thorough psychiatric evaluation by a psychiatrist. Lab tests should be done to rule out any possible medical causes of the symptoms. Onset of symptoms are usually in the 16-30 age range. ...Read more

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How could docs test for schizophrenia and bipolar?

How could docs test for schizophrenia and bipolar?

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

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Is there a way to test during pregnancy to see if my child will have schizophrenia?

Is there a way to test during pregnancy to see if my child will have schizophrenia?

No: There are currently no tests known that can identify someone at risk for schizophrenia even out of the womb. However a lot of work is being done on early signs and genetic testing. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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How does a psychiatrist or pscyhologist test for schizophrenia?

How does a psychiatrist or pscyhologist test for schizophrenia?

Signs & symptoms: There's no test for schizophrenia, although some psychological testing (ie, pencil & paper tests) can lend evidence for or against the diagnosis. Schizophrenia is diagnosed clinically, by signs and symptoms. These include a chronic pattern of social withdrawal, delusions and/or hallucinations, and flat (or inappropriate) emotional expression. There is no cure, but treatment helps hugely. ...Read more

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Can there be any way to test for bipolar and schizophrenia?

Can there be any way to test for bipolar and schizophrenia?

Not a simple test: There is no blood test for schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Both illnesses can be diagnosed by a medical professional by doing a thorough psychiatric evaluation. Lab tests should be done to rule out any medical causes of the symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how doctors or psychiatrists test for schizophrenia?

No lab-type test: Mental illness diagnoses are almost entirely based on self-report (or reports of family) about behaviors, feelings and patterns of them over time. Further confidence is sometimes taken from results of using medications. If it reduces symptoms, you are believed to have the disorder. There are projective tests (Ink Blots, etc.) and questionnaires where answers are like others who have the disorder. ...Read more

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Is there any special test for schizophrenia done by a clinical psychologist?

Not exactly (read:): Schizophrenia cannot be directly and definitively diagnosed with one physical test, nor on the basis of just one psychological test. If the psychologist can get interview/observation, family interview, record review & (if possible) one or more tests, that is likely sufficient. There are specific tests/interviews, but they are not completely specific to schizophrenia without other data to assist. ...Read more

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There is a new blood test for schizophrenia which may be ready in antipsychotic medicine, would this medicine ruin the test?

Hmmmmm: Short answer is no. There is a test that proposes it will detect schizophrenia. Before this test becomes clinically useful additional research needs to be done. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how doctors test for schizophrenia and bipolar?

Can you tell me how doctors test for schizophrenia and bipolar?

Mental Status: First, a mental status exam where they ask questions to learn if person knows what time it is, self vs. others, where they are, and what’s happening. Do behavioral observations to determine if person has pressured speech (extremely fast). They listen to the person’s speech to learn whether it is coherent. They can also refer for psychological testing where standardized tests are used. ...Read more