What is Schizophrenia?

What is Schizophrenia?


schizophrenia is a chronic severe
and disabling brain disorder the disease affects all ethnicities
and genders equally and symptoms typically start to occur
around ages 16 through 30 the most common symptoms include
hallucinations such as hearing voices that don’t exist, delusions, believing people can control
one’s thoughts, and speaking nonsense. three categories
are used to discuss symptoms positive negative and cognitive. positive
symptoms are also referred to as psychotic symptoms these are the symptoms that people
without schizophrenia do not experience such as hallucinations and delusions.
negative symptoms are an absence of normal treats – including lack of interest
in activities or inability to carry on a conversation cognitive symptoms are related to a
person’s thought process and often include poor concentration. the
cause of schizophrenia is different from person to person but usually includes both genes and
environment. anyone who has a family member with schizophrenia may be more susceptible since there is a
hereditary component neurologically, schizophrenics have an
imbalance of the neurotransmitters dopamine and
glutamine. diagnosing schizophrenia involves getting a psychological
evaluation a doctor will ask the patient about
symptoms and family history of mental health problems lab tests will also be conducted including
blood and urine tests brain imaging tests such as an MRI or CT
scan may be performed to check for
abnormalities. the earlier schizophrenia is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat. there’s a
better chance of successful symptom management the sooner it’s identified. most
treatment courses include medication and counseling anti-psychotic drugs have helped the
schizophrenic community by allowing people to live at home
rather than requiring lengthy stays in hospitals, but it is very important to
continue taking medications even when the symptoms are not apparent
because there is a great potential for relapse to learn more about schizophrenia visit
the Information Center at CarrierClinic.org

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