Is schizophrenia and dementia related?

Brain disorders both. one does not cause the other but they can co-exist, or if you have one you could have symptoms that resemble the other. For instance, patient with end stage dementia could have psychosis, but it is not schizophrenia. Likewise, a person with schizophrenia could have trouble remembering things, resembling dementia. .

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Which is worse dementia or schizophrenia?

Both. Both are serious illnesses. Neither is a favorable diagnosis. Read more...
Wrong question. This reminds me of terrible choices in the "would you rather" game, like "would you rather have a pencil shoved all the way up your nose or thumb tacks in you underwear while riding on a dirt road in a truck with bad shock absorbers. Both disorders are serious and neither is "better" or "worse.". Read more...

Dementia, schizophrenia, hellucination, how do they related?

Clarification needed. If the person has chronic psychiatric illness involving schizophrenia, then the down the road, this person may develop dementia due to functional and cognitive decline. There are times when this person may develop hallucinations. If the person never has all three conditions, you may need a psychiatric consultation as well geriatric consultation so that the quality of life can be improve. Read more...

What foods can I eat to lessen my risks of schizophrenia and dementia, and increase memory function?

Diet. A healthy lifestyle diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, berries, nuts, extra virgin olive oil and omega 3 oils of walnuts and wild salmon are about the best you can do. Read more...
Unknown. As far as we know, there are no specific foods that increase memory function. There are hints that eating those foods that are good for your heart are also good for your brain: fruits and vegetables, whole grains, minimal processing, fish and limited red meat... Read more...
Mental health diet . I know of no medical research demonstrating that diet can cause or have an effect on schizophrenia. Omega 3 fatty acids are good for one's brain. Check with your doctor. Read more...

Is schizophrenia a type of dementia? If not why does it cause severe memory loss, black outs during listening, forgetting basic things, names, ect?

Dementia Praecox. This was the first name given to schizophrenia by early psychiatrists in europe. In latin, means "early dementia" referring to the memory loss which young persons presented after repetitive episodes of psychosis. If we prevent psychosis, we delay the dementia. That is the purpose of maintaining medications at all times, using rehabilitation and cognitive behavior techniques in schizophrenia. Read more...
Used to be thought s. Originally the disorder now called schizophrenia was called dementia praecox. Now we have a much more detailed division of mental disorders. There definately can be symptoms that are the same as those in someone with dementia. Any new diagnosis of schizophrenia requires a neurologic evaluation and brain imaging. There are many things that have overlapping sx and new sx may warrant neuro consult. Read more...

My cousin is taking 4.5 mg of Rivastigmine in the morn for dementia. At night he takes 50 mg quetiapine for schizophrenia which causes disorientation?

Don't understand. I'm sorry but please reread your statement. I'm not understanding exactly what you'd like to ask. It is common to prescribe quetiapine together with rivastigmine for hallucinations. You certain it's being given for SCHIZOPHRENIA? I'm not a great fan of quetiapine in the demented elderly as it can cause excessive drowsiness & confusion. Ask the doctor for clarifications and possible alternatives. Read more...
The dementia. Rivastigmine provides limited benefit for dementia (no real effective treatment ) and quetiapine (Seroquel) is use for agitation and insomnia associated with dementia. Neither prevent the progression of the disease (although rivastigmine may slow for about 6-12 months). Disorientation in dementia can be caused by other meds, sleep apnea, urinary tract infection, any other medical illness etc. Read more...
Comment. Not knowing particulars, can only partially comment. The rivastigmine dose is sub therapeutic, and to be most effective, dose will need to be raised. The quetiapine may need dose modification also. The involved doctors should reassess this. Read more...

Could brain MRI scans an accurate evidence for typical mental illness such as dementia, schizophrenia?

Brain imaging scans. Are an impressive tool to help us identify certain anatomical lesions in the brain and can help us identify certain diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, tumors, large strokes, and subdural hematoma's. Some of those conditions can cause dementia. Most of the time an MRI or cat scan is used to rule out underlying reversible causes of dementia. A scan such as a pet scan can be a more sens tool. Read more...

Can depression cause severe illnesses such as Schizophrenia, dementia, epilepsy, insomnia, or any types of long term or short term heart problems?

Multiple questions. Hi, Thank you for your question. Depression can be a part of the other problems you suggested but it won't directly cause anything else (maybe insomnia). Depression on its own won't cause heart problems. Hope that helps..contact me if you have any other questions :-) Dr. M. Read more...