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I'm diagnosed with schizophrenia. My doctor at the time asking if I had head injury. I did, but did not tell them. Do I have TBI instead of Sz?

I'm diagnosed with schizophrenia. My doctor at the time asking if I had head injury. I did, but did not tell them. Do I have TBI instead of Sz?

Good question: You may have suffered a traumatic brain injury, and could possess a post-traumatic encephalopathy. However, symptoms of schizophrenia are very different, and a psychiatrist should be very adept at distinguishing one from the other. Neuropsychological testing may be the way to sort out. ...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 do doctors diagnose schizophrenia?

How do doctors diagnose schizophrenia?

Diagnosis is: made by history, observation and input from relatives/ significant others. Mayo Clinic Defines Schizophrenia as “a severe brain disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally. Schizophrenia may result in some combination of hallucinations, delusions, and extremely disordered thinking and behavior.” ...Read more

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Doctors, what are symptoms of schizophrenia?

Doctors, what are symptoms of schizophrenia?

Hallucinations: By definition, schizophrenia is about psychosis. Psychosis means the patient is getting external stimuli from the environment through one or more of his or her five senses, that does not objectively exist. In other words there are auditory,visual, olfactory, gustatory, and tactile hallucinations that can be experienced by the patient. Auditory hallucinations, however, are the most common. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the causes of schizophrenia?

Multifactorial: Actual is yet to be known does involve an inherited or spontaneously acquired genetic risk and concurrent stress the resultant symptoms are currently believed to be contributed to by aberrant functions of neurochemicals in the central nervous system. Ultimately, this is likely too simple of an explanation. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to take care of schizophrenia?

Antipsychotic meds.: The major thrust of treatment at this time is use of atypical antipsychotic medications. Family therapy is also important. ...Read more

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How do doctors tell if a young man has schizophrenia?

How do doctors tell if a young man has schizophrenia?

Formal evaluation: Schizophrenia has 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 what is going on. ...Read more

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Hi doctors. Do negative symptoms of schizophrenia get worse over time?

Hi doctors. Do negative symptoms of schizophrenia get worse over time?

Schizophrenia sx: Schizophrenia requires long-term medical and psycho-social support. Schizophrenia ranges from severe, eg, unable to work, to much higher functioning ability. Compliance with treatment is critical to maintain all gains and avoid relapse. Negative symptoms need monitoring and can be complicated by depression, drugs, meds, other medical factors. Have a psychiatrist assess symptoms if concerned. See:http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Schizophrenia ...Read more

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Doctors! what actually schizophrenia is and what are the common sympom ?

Doctors! what actually schizophrenia is and what are the common sympom ?

Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental illness. Symptoms can vary depending on the type of schizophrenia. Some may hear voices, believe others are controlling their minds, are paranoid (i.e. The fbi is following them) and have disorganized thoughts. This link provides some general education about the illness that may be helpful for you: http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/topics/schizo. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, what does the term "acute schizophrenia" mean?

Hello doctors, what does the term "acute schizophrenia" mean?

Worse than usually: Schizophrenia's symptoms can ebb and flow. An acute episode often is much worse than usual and, hopefully, return to the usual level after a short time. During this period safety and care are needed fast as delusions, hallucinations, disorganization mood may all be very unstable and intense. Take care and when things are back to usual - ask the doctor to explain what to expect clearly. ...Read more