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Can you please tell me first rank symptoms of schizophrenia?

Can you please tell me first rank symptoms of schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia's: Positive symptoms are delusions, hallucinations, & disordered thoughts & speech. Negative symptoms are flat or blunted emotions, poverty of speech, inability to experience pleasure, lack of desire to form relationships, and lack of motivation. ...Read more

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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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What are the first signs that someone has, or is beginning to get, schizophrenia?

What are the first signs that someone has, or is beginning to get, schizophrenia?

Signs: This is a good question, and hard to answer. Behavioral changes will occur sometimes dramatically, often more gradually. Social withdrawal is common, eccentric or odd behaviors, sleep disturbances are others. Certainly having hallucinations or internal preoccupation is seen ...Read more

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Did anyone discover the link between autism and schizophrenia?

Did anyone discover the link between autism and schizophrenia?

Active research: There does seem to be an increased risk for schizophrenia in the autistic population and there are been some genetic markers identified that share some similarity in the two disorders. Having said that the majority of patients with autism will not develop schizophrenia and vice versa. As our understanding of genetics increases we will hopefully learn more about cause, treatment, and prevention. ...Read more

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What are the first or early signs/symptoms of schizophrenia ?

Schizophrenia : Social withdrawal, moodiness, increasingly eccentric thoughts, possible delusions and/or hallucinations, paranoia, to name a few. A psychiatric evaluation is of paramount importance. ...Read more

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Our daughter is 24. My first cousin had schizophrenia. I have noticed lately in our conversations, sometimes I have no idea what she is trying to sa?

Our daughter is 24.  My first cousin had schizophrenia.  I have noticed lately in our conversations, sometimes I have no idea what she is trying to sa?

Common for that: Illness. Disorganized speech and meaningless conversation happens in that condition. Spend time with her to understand what she means. Let her use sign language and write out what she means, sometimes your intuition can tell you what is the meaning of what she is saying or why she is saying what she is saying. ...Read more

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I was a target of my husband's first / recent psychosis and suffered emotional abuse. Do the same themes come back during a relapse? Schizophrenia

Unknowable: This can not be foretold. Even the probability of a relapse is unknowable. I can imagine how hard it is for you (and him) to deal w/ this threat. The best recommendation I can offer is a good support group. I imagine you can ask for referrals from the psychiatric resources in your area. I hope there are good ones. Best wishes for both of you to be safe. ...Read more

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When was schizophrenia discovered?

When was schizophrenia discovered?

Late 1800's: The term schizophrenia was actually used starting in the early 1900's but the illness was recognized as different from bipolar disorder as far back as the mid 1800's. It was first considered a form of dementia, like alzheimers, that hit younger people. For that reason it was first called dementia praecox. However, the name schizophrenia became more popular in the early 1900's. ...Read more

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What is the schizophrenia ?

What is the schizophrenia ?

Schizophrenia sympto: Symptoms are disorganized thinking/speech such as loosing train of thought or words incoherent , auditory hallucinations, bizarre delusions or delusions of persecution, social withdrawal, poor hygiene, lack of motivation, poor judgement/attention/executive functions. ...Read more

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Could I have schizophrenia?

Don't know: Don't know since i don't know and don't know your symptoms or your history. However if the question is could anyone get schizophrenia, the answer is yes. Education, wealth, family support does not matter as far as whether one is stricken by schizophrenia, but those things can affect prognosis. ...Read more

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How common is schizophrenia?

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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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How is schizophrenia treated? 

Medications mainly: Schizophrenia is treated by medications called anti-psychotics. They are prescribed by psychiatrists, who also engage patients in some "talk therapy". ...Read more

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How can one get schizophrenia?

Genetic: Either from heredity or from other causes which are largely unknown. We know that one has about a 50 % chance of having schizophrenia if both parents have it and about 10% if just one parent. Also, there are cases of schizophrenia in which no known family member has the condition. About 1% of the population has schizophrenia. ...Read more

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How is schizophrenia inherited?

How is schizophrenia inherited?

Not sure: While there is a lot of evidence that schizophrenia runs in families, the specific genes have been hard to figure out. It seems that the genetics are complicated because there is also a strong effect from environmental stressors like exposures by fetuses to certain viruses. There is also a newer idea called epigenetics in which the environment affects these genes that are related to schizophrenia. ...Read more

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How bad does schizophrenia get?

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Beyond psychosis: I agree completely with dr. Elliott that psychotic symptoms such as hallucination and delusions can be severe. Worst thing about schizophrenia is that even when hallucinations and delusions are resolved, lack of motivation and cognitive problems will remain debilitating. Rehabilitation is needed to address these problems even when psychotic symptoms have been controlled with medication. ...Read more

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How to diagnose a schizophrenia?

Difficult: Diagnosing schizophrenia early on, is difficult but critical. Look for new problems in school or on a job. Pay attention to social isolation and new onset of odd beliefs. When in doubt, consult a professional. Early treatment leads to the best outcomes. ...Read more

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