Schizophrenia: Most Popular Articles
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 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.
Schizophrenia is a complex disease of the brain. Although scientists continue to learn about schizophrenia, the exact cause of the illness is still not known. This article from your About Guide to Schizophrenia explains the current understanding about the causes of schizophrenia.
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.
How early can schizophrenia be diagnosed? Are there warning signs that can guide prevention, early diagnosis and treatment?
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.
Schizophrenia and schizoaffective are two different disorders. This article discusses the relevant differences why that matters. From your About Schizophrenia Expert Guide.
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.
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.
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. Page 2.
What is the relationship between negative symptoms and deficit schizophrenia? Page 2.
Paranoia is often present in schizophrenia. In this article your About Schizophrenia Expert discusses the experience of paranoia from a patient's perspective.
Hallucinations are part of schizophrenia. This article focuses on what experiencing hallucinations feels like from a patient's perspective.
Early diagnosis is the foundation for early intervention, which is the path to recovery. From your About Schizophrenia Expert Guide.
Fixed ideas are part of the experience of psychosis. This article discusses a few of he more common delusions associated with schizophrenia.
The term flattened affect or flat affect is used to describe a lack of emotional expression often seen in psychiatric disorders.
Worried about having schizophrenia? You wonder what a psychiatrist will ask during the first visit? Here is what to expect.
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.
How are atypical antipsychotics different than typical antipsychotics? Are they better medications, worse, or just about the same? Find the answer to these questions in this article from your About Schizophrenia Expert Guide.
Auditory hallucinations or hearing voices are core symptoms of schizophrenia. This article focuses on what hearing voices is like from a patient's perspective.
What are the roots of our current thinking about the concept 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.
It is stressful to live with schizophrenia. But can stress in turn make the symptoms of schizophrenia worse? This article discusses the complex relationship between schizophrenia and stress.
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.
How do you choose between the different antipsychotic medications? Find the answer to this complex question in this article from your About Schizophrenia Expert Guide.
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Quick and to the point Q&A about essential schizophrenia facts. From your About Schizophrenia Expert Guide.
Be prepared! Help your doctor help you! The best results are seen when doctors and patients work together.
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How do antipsychotics work? What is partial dopamine antagonism and what role does it play in the treatment of schizophrenia?
Aripiprazole/Abilify drug profile: what you need to know about using aripiprazole for schizophrenia. From your About Schizophrenia Expert Guide.
Understanding the facts goes a long way in clarifying misconceptions about schizophrenia and decrease stigma and prejudice. In this article your About Schizophrenia Expert discusses common misconceptions leading to stigma and ways to address them.
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Looking for educational resources, information about local support groups, or ongoing research projects for schizophrenia? Here is a list of good US and Canadian resources to get you started.
Definition of the term, delusion
Definition of the term, hallucination
Is newer better? When it comes to antipsychotics, the answser to this question is not clear. In this article you will find what you need to know about how different classes of antipsychotics compare with each other.
Definition of the term, decompensate.
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Definition of the term, positive symptoms.
Definition of the term, polygenic.
Definitions of the term, negative symptoms.
Definition of the term, paranoid
Definition of the term, neurotransmitter