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Question?: Schizophrenia Symptoms

Carol asks…

why one of the symptoms of schizophrenia is increased interest in religion and philosophy?

i was reading about schizophrenia and one of the symptoms mentioned this and i don’t really get it..

thanks in advance
no i am not as far as i know-schizophrenic .

admin answers:

Good question! I have read the same thing, and yes, my psychotic episodes involved religious aspects. In my opinion i would say maybe b/c of all the rules involved and the fear of punishment – scares them to a whole new level (AIDs is another one commonly over-feared during a psychotic episode). Also there are many mystical aspects to religion- to someone who is all of a sudden slip into a psychosis, not knowing what is going on with there mind may turn to religion as some kind of explanation. .. Hope you understand what im trying to say

EDIT: i think i wrote this backwards .. I believe it probably starts w/looking for some explanation of what is going on w/them… Then other thoughts/theories follow

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Medication

Michael asks…

What is the future of a person with high functioning autism and schizophrenia? What treatments could help?

An adult who has always had autism but is developing schizophrenia.

admin answers:

My brother is autistic and it depends on what problems the autism causes. My brother is different than some of his classmates.
Autism and schizophrenia are related. The doctor who diagnosed the schizophrenia should be very schooled in autism and should be able to advise you of the treatment and therapies.
My guess is that they will alter the medication he is on etc.

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Question?: Schizophrenia

Mary asks…

What is the difference between schizophrenia and schizoaffective?

My doctor changed it to just schizophrenia since I mainly only get depressed in the winter.
The way my boyfriend interrupted it was that schizoaffective is where you have psychosis and a mood disorder and at times, you don’t have any psychosis while your mood disorder episode is happening or can happen. But schizophrenia is when your hallucinations are there 100% of the time.

So what is the difference? He is right?

admin answers:

No.
Schizophrenia means that you have at least 2 of the five diagnostic criteria without having a mood episode. Technically, schizophrenia cannot be diagnosed if there is a mood disorder present.
Schizoaffective means that you have mood episodes, and at least 1 of the diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia, and that symptom sometimes occurs not during a mood episode. So you are not depressed, but still psychotic sometimes.

But generally, schizophrenia is diagnosed when someone’s psychotic symptoms are more severe than the depressive symptoms. If the mood symptoms and the pscyhosis are about equal, then schizoaffective is diagnosed.

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Question?: Schizophrenia Medication

Linda asks…

Has a medication for schizophrenia worked for you?

I have schizophrenia. As much as I hate taking medication, I’d rather do that than hear an annoying, condescending little voice all day. Is there one that actually gets rid of them? I’ve tried Geodon for a while but it does not seem to work. I may wish switch it the next time I see a psychiatrist if there is one that actually does work.

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I’ll share my experience with Geodon. To me, the benefits outweigh the side effects. I have been active, creative, and feeling better since taking Geodon. I am unable to nap or fall asleep so I do take 3mg. Ativan at night and that lets me sleep. I’ve actually been doing things and enjoying them. I have lost 30 pounds of the 40 I gained while on resperidol. I have been on 55 different combinations of meds and this is by far the best one! Side effects: Hypomania since starting med. Loss of apetite. Periods ceased. Agitation and restlessness most likely from the hypomania. Increased spending and talking all from the hypomania. I did lose my job though because concentration just isn’t there. But I am on Social Security Disability. I purchase Geodon through reputable http://www.gofmanpharmacy.com/ they’ve been very reliable so far. Check this FDA link about Geodon http://google2.fda.gov/search?client=FDAgov&site=FDAgov-Recalls-Safety|FDAgov-Consumers|FDAgov-WarningLetters-ICECI|FDAgov-ImportAlerts-Industry|FDAgov-MedWatch-Safety|FDAgov-Section-Drugs&output=xml_no_dtd&proxystylesheet=FDAgov&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&as_q=geodon&num=20&btnG=Search&as_epq=&as_oq=&as_eq=&restrictBox=FDAgov-Recalls-Safety&restrictBox=FDAgov-Consumers&restrictBox=Medwatch&restrictBox=FDAgov-WarningLetters-ICECI&restrictBox=FDAgov-ImportAlerts-Industry&restrictBox=FDAgov-Section-Drugs&lr=&as_ft=i&as_filetype=&as_occt=any&as_dt=i&as_sitesearch=&sort=date
Hope i helped.

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Question?: Schizophrenia Types

Mark asks…

What is the distinguishing factor between catatonic schizophrenia and the other types of schizophrenia?

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Catatonic schizophrenia is most defined by the movement or speech of the individual. People with catatonic schizophrenia can vary between two extremes…too much movement or too little. This can manifest as rigid posturing held for hours or even days at a time, or on the opposite extreme it can manifest as too much movement that seemingly has no purpose…such as pacing or other repetitive movements. People with catatonic schizophrenia may also talk very little or talk very fast…or speech may not be affected.

Paranoid schizophrenia is characterized by the prevalence of hallucinations and delusions of persecution. They often believe that there are conspiracies against them or that people are trying to hurt them. Movement and speech problems can still occur but with much less frequency or severity.

Disorganized schizophrenia is characterized by a problem in speech or actions. People with this type may dress in a manner that does not appear to make sense or is bizarre (such as wearing several coats in the summer). Or, their speech may be affected in a manner that causes them to talk in a pattern that is hard to follow or with words that seem to be out of order. They may jump from topic to topic without others being able to find a connection between the topics.

Undifferentiated schizophrenia is diagnosed when people exhibit symptoms common in the other types. For example, being paranoid, having hallucinations, and having very disorganized speech. Or having hallucinations and rigid posturing.

But really the distinguishing factor with catatonic schizophrenia is the pattern of movement…be it too little or too much.

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Question?: Schizophrenia Causes

Mary asks…

What causes schizophrenia?

Like iv said be for i have bad schizophrenia,but i wont to know what causes it,i mean im only 14. 🙁

admin answers:

A cause hasn’t been found. There are theories about genetics, environment, and other things but right now it is idiopathic. It has also been theorized that it could be an auto-immune disease, but there is still no known cause.

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Question?: Schizophrenia Stories

Michael asks…

Schizophrenia?? need help…!! stories, anything…?

how does it affect the person living with the disorder?
how is the disorder best managed?

admin answers:

I’m not sz but hear voices,I also know many people that are sz.

It really depends on the severity of the symptoms. I know many people that live some what of a normal life. Many have had there symptoms go away for many years only to return later in life.

I know some people that are unable to handle day to day life and are hospitalized many times. I also know many that there meds work for them and are doing OK. Although meds can stop working and must be changed a lot.

Many of my friends have gone to collage, been married and have a family, now that doesn’t always work out.

I think that you must educate yourself and the people in your life. These people can see an episode coming on when the person with sz does not. You must keep in contact with your pdoc, eat healthy and find what works best for you.Therapy can help a great deal as it is hard for them to find people they can trust. Many of them live a very isolated life as mental illness has a very bad stigma. Also they have a lot of paranoia. Anyone who hears bad voices can somewhat relate to people that are sz. Some of the symptoms are the same. We try and teach new comers that our voices are liars and have no powers.

But dx at an early age you can learn best how to cope with it and most of them do much better. By the time they have had sz for many years they have learned to cope much better.

This is what I have learned in a suport group I’m in for people who hear voices. Many of these people are my main support and have educated me so much. I was so afraid to tell anyone that I heard voices because I thought since I heard them meant I was sz. Now I see things in a different light. I consider most of my friends in my suport group my very best friends.

Take care

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Question?: Schizophrenia Definition

George asks…

Can someone explain Schizophrenia to me, in depth?

Can someone explain Schizophrenia to me, in depth?
i know the basic definition of Schizophrenia, but i would like to know what really goes on in the heads of people who have this illness. Anyway i really want to understand what is the thought process. Do nightmares occur, and how bad can they get? Thank you for time.

admin answers:

There are a number of different types of schizophrenia. About one third of schizophrenics have paranoid schizophrenia, like me. In this type, the intellectual functioning and affect (whether your face looks animated or not) are not really affected. Short term memory is apparently something which is commonly affected by schizophrenia, but I never found that this was the case.

I had busy thoughts. My delusions came to me as if they were repressed memories, and I thought that the voices were memories of conversations past as well. However, it was all false. I didn’t realise it at the time though. I believed in it all.

I was very concerned with what words meant exactly (including the derivation as found in the dictionary). I would draw connections between various ideas in quite an imaginative fashion, to put it politely. I think that this is what they call “concrete thinking.” It means that you can’t interpret a proverb properly, because you can’t handle abstract thinking. You interpret everything literally.

My delusions and voices were relatively benign. I didn’t really get scared from most of them. I didn’t experience nightmares.

It would be different for everybody though. A lot of people wouldn’t have enough insight into their illness to be able to look back and see what their symptoms had been.

Some people suffer from what they call negative symptoms as well. These are ones that stop you living life so well, such as apathy and avolition. I only experienced these after I was on medication. I’ve switched to a medication that doesn’t have these side effects.

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Question?: Schizophrenia In Children

Helen asks…

Is schizophrenia found in children whose fathers were older when they were born?

Is this true?

admin answers:

Try doing a search for clinical research on www.pubmed.com. Pubmed is an internet portal used by medical professionals to research different medical topics. Anything published in a scientific journal, regarding medical topics, can be found on that site. It is a very good resource.

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Question?: Schizophrenia Test

John asks…

are there any blood test or brain tests for diagnosing schizophrenia?

or are they only based on symptoms?and can someone with schizophrenia act like a normal for a while and back to his symptomps again?

admin answers:

Diagnostic tests can only rule out other conditions. Schizophrenia is diagnosed based on a continuous display or reporting of the symptoms of schizophrenia over a period of time.

There are other disorders that are similar to schizophrenia. A brief psychotic episode, for example, will resolve itself, with the assistance of medication usually, after less than a month. However, schizophrenia itself comes in a variety of forms as well. “The course of schizophrenia varies greatly. Some people will have one brief episode and have no further problems during their lifetime. Others will suffer from the condition throughout much of their lives. Schizophrenia tends to be episodic.”

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