understanding schizophrenia

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There is no known way to prevent schizophrenia. However, timely diagnosis and treatment can help avoid or reduce recurrent relapses and hospitalizations and also help in abating the disruption to the person's life, family, and relationships.

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17 August 2018 Riya-Mittal Mental Health Read times UNDERSTANDING SCHIZOPHRENIA What is Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a severe psychological illness that interferes with a person’s ability to think clearly manage emotions make decisions and relate to others. Contrary to popular belief it is not a split or multiple personality disorder but makes the sufferer unable to differentiate between reality and imagination. Schizophrenia affects about 1 percent of all adults worldwide. Although schizophrenia can occur at any age the average age of inception tends to be in the late teens to the early 20s for men and the late 20s to early 30s for women. It is rare for schizophrenia to be diagnosed in a person younger than 12 or older than 40. The conduct of people with schizophrenia may be very strange and even shocking. Characterized by delusions hallucinations and other cognitive difficulties schizophrenia can often be a lifelong struggle as it is not curable. But with proper diagnosis and treatment it is possible to live well with schizophrenia. Symptoms Symptoms and signs of schizophrenia vary depending on the person and severity of the disorder. The symptoms of schizophrenia can be categorized as positive negative and cognitive. Stress - Symptoms Management → What is Schizophrenia Schizophrenia Symptoms Schizophrenia Causes BLOG     C A T E G O R I E S Child Health 2 Diabetes 8 Exercise and Fitness 9 Health Management 12 Healthy Diet 8 Healthy Heart 2 Healthy Living 21 Mental Health 7 Oral Health 2 Personal Health Records 3 Pregnancy 5 Sleep Health 2 Weight Management 3 Womens Health 7 HEALNT MD HEALNT LOGIN

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Positive symptoms: Patient tends to lose the reality touch resulting in psychotic behaviour. Hallucinations Delusions Disorganized speech and thought Agitated body movements. Negative symptoms: Negative symptoms are linked with abnormal emotions and behaviours. Lack of emotional expressions Reduced Energy Lack of motivation Feeling disconnected from your feelings Loss of pleasure or interest in life Withdrawal from family friends and social activities. Cognitive symptoms: For some patients the cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia can be subtle but for others it can lead to: Poor ability to understand information and decision-making Trouble focusing Inability to use information immediately after learning it. Causes The causes of Schizophrenia are still not very clear. However it is believed that genetic and environmental factors act together to bring about schizophrenia. Here is a list of the factors that are assumed to contribute towards the onset of schizophrenia: Genetic inheritance Passed on from parents to their children. The chemical imbalance in the brain abnormal regulation of certain chemicals- neurotransmitters Family relationships family tension or stress Environmental factors viral infection Drug-induced schizophrenia extensive exposure to toxins like marijuana or LSD. Schizophrenia diagnosis Diagnosing schizophrenia is very difficult and is further aggravated by the fact that many people who are diagnosed with it do not believe that they have it. So it often becomes the responsibility of family or friends to get them help. Certain tests can be performed to get it diagnosed. Imaging studies Psychological evaluation Blood test. A person is considered to have schizophrenia if he or she has characteristic symptoms that last for at least six-months. Treatments and Therapies There is no cure for schizophrenia but symptoms can be controlled/ eliminated by: Antipsychotics treatment What causes Schizophrenia Diagnosis of Schizophrenia Medication for Schizophrenia Management of Schizophrenia Psyhotherapy for Schizophrenia Schizophrenia Medicines

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Psychosocial Treatments Occupational therapy Family counselling Cognitive behaviour therapy A combination of Medication and Psychological counselling Medications Electroconvulsive therapy ECT. For more information visit the Healnt Blog. Download Healnt today to actively monitor your health vitals doctor consultations medical reports prescriptions and much more. Get Healnt Android App here. Get Healnt iOS App here. Related posts Understanding Schizophrenia There is no known way to prevent schizophrenia. However timely diagnosis and treatment can help … Understanding Menopause Menopause can give rise to varied symptoms like – hot flashes irregular menstrual cycles mood sw… Do our diet choices affect our mental health Studies show that our diet affects our brain leaving us more vulnerable to conditions like - depress... Be the f irst to rate this post    

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