Schizophrenia: Most Popular Articles
In schizophrenia, the most basic processes of perceiving and thinking are affected by the illness. Whether you want your loved ones to understand you better, are concerned for someone who's ill, or are simply curious, this article describes the internal experience of delusions, hallucinations, and more.
Are you having experiences that seem unreal? Are you concerned about strange behavior in a loved one? Learn to understand and describe the symptoms of schizophrenia, so that you can communicate them to a doctor.
The better you understand the language and the process of diagnosing schizophrenia, the better you can communicate with your doctor. Remember that only a psychologist or psychiatrist can rule out or diagnose schizophrenia.
What are the main symptoms of schizophrenia? How is a diagnosis of schizophrenia made?
In the early 1990s a new class of drugs were developed to treat the psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia. These drugs, the atypical antipsychotics, have proven generally as effective as the antispychotics developed decades earlier, with fewer extrapyrimidal side effects. This list of the atypical antipsychotics provides links to drug safety information from the drug manufacturers' websites.
Although the overall incidence of schizophrenia in the United States is close to 1%, different groups have a greater or lesser likelihood of developing the illness. This article from your About Guide to Schizophrenia reviews the incidence of schizophrenia among different groups of people, which scientists are using as clues to help find the cause.
Developmental theories of schizophrenia explore things that may have gone wrong during fetal and infant brain development.
Auditory hallucinations or hearing voices are core symptoms of schizophrenia. This article focuses on what hearing voices is like from a patient's perspective.
How early can schizophrenia be diagnosed? Are there warning signs that can guide prevention, early diagnosis and treatment?
Schizophrenia and schizoaffective are two different disorders. This article discusses the relevant differences why that matters.
Hallucinations are part of schizophrenia. This article focuses on what experiencing hallucinations feels like from a patient's perspective.
Schizophrenia is a chronic disease, and you should plan for times of remission and times of relapse. Even in remission, your residual symptoms (the symptoms you continue to have even when you’re relatively well) will effect all aspects of your life. This article from your About Guide to Schizophrenia gives you concrete suggestions to help you improve you independent living skills and social relationships.
A patient's perspective: A Beautiful Mind, the movie
Genetic predisposition to liking amphetamine linked to decreased risk for schizophrenia and ADHD
Does schizophrenia affect you or a loved one? Just want to learn more? Start here for basic information about schizophrenia, with links to more in-depth information.
Whether you've been diagnosed with schizophrenia or are concerned for a loved one or friend, you'll want to understand what treatments are available. Start here for an overview.
It is important to recognize schizophrenia as early as possible. Early diagnosis is the foundation for early intervention, which is the path to recovery,
What are the negative symptoms of schizophrenia?
Paranoia is often present in schizophrenia. This article discusses the expericence of paranoia from a patient's perspective.
Fixed ideas are part of the experience of psychosis. This article discusses a few of he more common delusions associated with schizophrenia.
Worried about having schizophrenia? You wonder what a psychiatrist will ask during the first visit? Here is what to expect.
The positive symptoms are one of the symptoms clusters counting toward a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Start here for an overview that will help you understand what they are.
Definition of the term, flattened affect.
How do antipsychotics work? What is partial dopamine antagonism and what role does it play in the treatment of schizophrenia?
Why do people with schizophrenia smoke so much? Nicotine actually relieves the psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia. Learn how that works, and what it means for people with the illness.
What are the roots of our current thinking about the concept of schizophrenia?
Be prepared! Help your doctor help you!
How do you choose between the different antipsychotic medications?
How are atypical antipsychotics different than typical antipsychotics? Are they better medications, worse, or just about the same?
Definition of the term, decompensate.
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Even in remission, people with schizophrenia usually have some degree of long-term disability from residual symptoms, and their ability to earn income is usually affected as well. The programs listed here exist to provide a safety net to help meet your basic needs for housing, food and medical care. This list provides links to official government websites for these programs, to help you learn if you're eligible and how to apply.
Aripiprazole/Abilify Drug Profile
Definition of the term, hallucination
Definition of the term, epidemiology
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Definition of the term, polygenic.
Definition of the term, delusion
Definitions of the term, negative symptoms.
Definition of the term, neurotransmitter
Definition of the term, paranoid