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Doctor insights on: Zoloft For Schizophrenia

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Is schizophrenia worse with zoloft (sertraline)?

Is schizophrenia worse with zoloft (sertraline)?

In general: No, as a general rule ssri would not worsen symptoms of schizophrenia. In fact, many patients with this condition have depression, and in those cases the use of antidepressants like zoloft (sertraline) is the norm. However every case is different so the best way to know this for a particular case, is to consult the prescribing dr. Best wishes. ...Read more

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 to diagnose a schizophrenia?

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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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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How debilitating is schizophrenia?

How debilitating is schizophrenia?

It depends: Schizophrenia is a chronic disorder for which there is no cure. However, the newer medications have significantly improved the functioning of those with this diagnosis. It is therefore important to get started on and stay on the right medication. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of schizophrenia?

See DSM-IV-TR: You need to meet a group of criteria to be diagnosed with schizophrenia. People will have auditory hallucinations, bizarre delusion, paranoid thoughts, disorganized thought process. The symptoms have to cause a significant disfunction in social or occupational environment. The symptoms have to be present for 6 month or less of adequately treated. Symptoms can not be explained by drugs or medical. ...Read more

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What is the onset of schizophrenia?

What is the onset of schizophrenia?

Early signs: The onset of schizophrenia is usually in late adolescence to early adulthood. Sometimes the onset can be rapid or gradual. Early signs can be social isolation, deterioration in hygiene, paranoia, inapproriate laughter, making irrational or odd statements, appear emotionless or unmotivated, may abandon hobbies and activites and their performance at work or school deteriorates. ...Read more

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How to know if I have schizophrenia?

Get a check up: As the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) founded by the late Dr Szasz, points out, there are actually no biological markers for the diagnosis of schizophrenia or the other psychiatric diagnoses. If you are not feeling well I therefore suggest asking your Family Doctor to give you a complete check up to rule out any medical illnesses for a start. ...Read more

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What are some signs of schizophrenia?

What are some signs of schizophrenia?

Early signs: Onset of schizophrenia is usually in late adolescence to early adulthood. Sometimes the onset can be rapid or gradual. Early signs can be social isolation, deterioration in hygiene, paranoia, hallucinations, making irrational or odd statements, appear emotionless or unmotivated, may abandon hobbies and activites and their performance at work or school deteriorates. ...Read more

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Can someone be aware of schizophrenia?

Can someone be aware of schizophrenia?

All illness have: Varying degrees, so yes, some people can be aware of their illness. ...Read more

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How to know if I 'have' schizophrenia?

Talk to a doctor: Schizophrenia is a chronic condition characterized by psychosis. Psychosis can be described as distorted reality such as hearing votives or paranoid thoughts. Schizophrenia is a leading cause of disability. Effective treatments exist for this condition. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of schizophrenia?

What are the 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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Is it possible that I have schizophrenia?

Is it possible that I have 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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Can a person have schizophrenia and DID?

DID: Highly unlikely, as schizophrenia is fairly rare, and DID is INCREDIBLY rare. Also, just an FYI, they are not AT ALL the same thing. ...Read more

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Can schizophrenia be completely inherited?

Can schizophrenia be completely inherited?

Having schizophrenic: Family member raises the possibility of schizophrenia but does not mean that it will necessarily happen. As in any situation, the better the environment, the more supportive it is to both physical and mental health. A yes or no answer is not possible at this point in the research. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What to do if I am developing schizophrenia?

What to do if I am developing schizophrenia?

Evaluation: You should be evaluated by a psychiatrist to determine if you truly have schizophrenia. They can then start the right course of treatment for you. Peak periods of onset are usually late adolescence and early adulthood. ...Read more

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What to do if I think I have schizophrenia!?

Talk to a doctor: Many effective treatments exist for the treatment of schizophrenia. These treatments can relieve suffering and improve functioning. ...Read more

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What are the tell tale signs of schizophrenia?

Hard to tell: In many cases, there may be no real outward signs. In other cases, a person may talk to themselves or even gesture to themselves as if they are having a conversation with an imaginary person. In other cases, a person may display signs of paranoia, such as barricading themselves in their room, calling the police complaining that others are out to get them, as well as certain other behaviors. ...Read more

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What is the primary hallmark of schizophrenia?

What is the primary hallmark of schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia: 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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I have pstd. Could pstd lead to schizophrenia?

It is unlikely: The onset for schizophrenia is usually in the late teens for men and early 20's for women. Having ptsd usually doesn't cause hallucinations, delusions, altered speech patterns, and other major symptoms of schizophrenia. However, ptsd is a serious condition it its own right and the severe traumatic anxiety can seem like paranoia in some cases. Work with your doctor and fully discuss it. ...Read more

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What kind of schizophrenia symptoms are there?

What kind of schizophrenia symptoms are there?

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sertraline (Definition)

Also called zoloft, (sertraline) is one of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, with antidepressant/anti-anxiety actions. May cause headaches, nausea & ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Zoloft (Definition)

Zoloft is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more