Tag Archives: Schizophrenia

Question?: Schizophrenia In Children

Richard asks…

How can someone with Schizophrenia take care of two small children?

My daughter-in-law does not want to be home alone with the children (2 and 6) She also does not want to go anywheres, besides being home. She has trouble concentrating on things when you are speaking to her.

admin answers:

As someone who works in behavioral health and has mental illness, I’d say it’s possible, if the person is very faithful with their medications and other treatment he or she may be receiving (and that’s a big if). However, she may need a lot of help and support.

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Question?: Autism Signs And Symptoms

Mandy asks…

How can you tell if a young man has schizophrenia?

Just wondering – The same young man has depression and AD-HD. He takes special classes.

As he is talking, he’ll look in another direction, as if he is looking at something past you. He stays focus on it and doesn’t make eye contact.
Also, on one occasion I walked in on him talking to him self, facing a wall.
What are some signs of schizophrenia?

admin answers:

It kinda sounds like it could be autism too check out this sight:
http://health.yahoo.com/nervous-overview/autism-topic-overview/healthwise–hw152186.html

http://health.yahoo.com/mentalhealth-symptoms/schizophrenia-symptoms/healthwise–aa46973.html

this page has a list of the positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia

Symptoms of schizophrenia usually emerge during adolescence or early adulthood and may appear suddenly or develop gradually. When symptoms develop gradually, they may be misdiagnosed with other conditions with similar symptoms, such as bipolar disorder or substance abuse (which commonly occurs with schizophrenia).

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Question?: Schizophrenia Medication

Laura asks…

Is schizophrenia managable without medication or therapy?

My Girlfriend has Schizophrenia, she says she will never take medication for it or go get therapy. (her dad has convinced her that medications are not for mental illness) As for therapy, she doesn’t want to pay for it. Apparently she has had something telling her to hurt ME a couple times before. I love her very much but I don’t want to live the rest of my life worrying about my safety. Is it possible to control the symptoms without medication or therapy?

admin answers:

Sorry, but diet and exercise aren’t usually effective for controlling mental illness. Unless there is an “alternative” treatment that would be effective (do some research) then no…her illness cannot be controlled by doing nothing.

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Question?: Schizophrenia Symptoms

Carol asks…

How do you differentiate between negative symptoms of schizophrenia and depression?

Is it possible for someone who has been suffering long term from depression (17 years) to be actually suffering from negative symptoms of schizophrenia?

The person concerned does not have hallucinations, visual or auditor . Has never had them.

admin answers:

I never heard of anyone being diagnosed with schizophrenia without having hallucinations or delusions (the positive symptoms).

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Question?: Schizophrenia Types

Jenny asks…

What distinguishes schizophrenia from other types of mental illness?

admin answers:

Schizophrenia like Bi-Polar or Uni-Polar are diseases just like diabetes or heart disease. They are caused by disruptions of the brain chemicals and the neurotransmitters. Schizophrenia is different because it causes one to have hallucinations, hear voices in their heads and sometimes paranoia that has to be treated.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

Thomas asks…

Can you develop autism as a teenager/adult?

I have been seeing a therapist for a few years, and she seems to think that I am developing autism. I’m 16 years old, and I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to develop autism at this age. I’m almost positive that my therapist is just a nutjob, because she’s also told me that I have mild schizophrenia, which is in no way true (and I actually DID see a doctor about that). I just want to be sure.

admin answers:

No, autism is something people are born with, not something you can acquire. One of the criteria for classic autism is that the symptoms must appear before the age of 3. It’s possible to be diagnosed as a teen or adult, but not to develop it.

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Question?: Schizophrenia Causes

Michael asks…

I would like to know the symptoms of schizophrenia what causes it and the treament they have available?

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Hi, symptoms of schizophrenia can be from mild to very extreme, depending on how bad the individual is afflicted with this disease. Mild symtoms include, talking to ones self a LOT, feeling somebody is watching them, feeling somebody is after them in some way. More severe symptoms are magnifications of the mild symptoms: Hearing voices, answering the voices either outloud or to one’s self, feeling extreamly paronoid ie: people are outside where the suffering person is located and watching them, trying to gain entrance to where the person is at, feeling very confused in thought process, feeling that people in the room in looking at and judging very negitively and purhaps even actively looking for ways to harm the person with this disease, inability to perform well in society, in very severe cases not even being able to dress one’s self without assistance due to scambled brain waves. A person with severe schizophrenia is a very ill person who needs immediant assistance. There are tests which can easily diagnose this illness as brain scans of those with the diseasse are not at all the same as those without it. Medicines can help with symtoms and life coaches, and caretakers can assist with daily life. Not all schizophrenia sufferers paranoid symptoms. However, with or without the paranoia, this can and does effect an individuals life in serious ways and treatment should be sought for diagnoses and treatment. Proper diagnoses is important so this is not mistaken for some other condition.

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Question?: Schizophrenia In Children

Robert asks…

Could me and my fiance still have children if he has schizophrenia?

Someone told me that because my fiance is schizophrenic we would have any children we had taken off us. He went through a bad patch 3 years ago and got into trouble with the police, he went on to medication and had intense physiatric help. When we got together he became a lot calmer and he hasn’t had an episode since, he has been off medication for awhile now. So would this effect us in the future when we decide to have children?
Thanks

admin answers:

If there is one parent who is competent at all times, and if the parent with schizophrenia has a meltdown, the other spouse was sure to take care of that child at all times, there is no reason for the state to intervene. The issues come up when the child is neglected or otherwise at risk. Most people with schizophrenia are never violent (that’s substance abuse plus mental illness that can increase violence) so the diagnosis alone would rarely be used to take a child away, and in those cases, that’s probably illegal, but the person with schizophrenia cannot afford a good lawyer.

You know, a one time bad patch with psychosis doesn’t mean a person has schizophrenia. It used to be said that a person would have a nervous breakdown, and it was well known that the person would recover and be fine. Nowadays, everybody assumes if a person got psychosis, that they are mentally ill for life and better take their pills. Not true!

Schizophrenia is not particularly genetic. Maybe a little, but not strongly so.

I hope he is in therapy and learning coping skills and stress reduction, to reduce the risk of further break downs.

Good luck!

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Question?: Schizophrenia Test

George asks…

How would a doctor or psychiatrist test you for schizophrenia?

admin answers:

Diagnosis of any mental disorder utilizes observations by the doctor, questions of the patient by the doctor, feedback from others who know the patient, psychological testing, family history, family health history. Schizophrenia diagnosis is difficult to make and would probably take the doctor pulling together all this information and interviewing the patient on several occasions. Sometime doctors figure out difficult diagnoses by the patient’s response to common medications used to treat depression or anxiety.

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Question?: Schizophrenia Medication

Chris asks…

What happens if i take schizophrenia medication when im not schizophrenic?

Kay so i smoke weed and im still a teen, from wut i read weed can cause a temporary mild case in sum youths, so i went went to see a doc and he prescribed me schiz meds cause i didnt tell him i smoke. wut would happen if im not schizophrenic?

admin answers:

Nothing

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