Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a neurological disorder affecting the brain, with symptoms related to personality, perception, behavior and emotions. Hallmark symptoms are inappropriate beliefs and perceptions resulting in paranoid delusions and delusions of grandeur. Difficulty with concentration, speech, emotions, and inter-personal relationships are common. Differential diagnosis needs to consider a variety ...

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Introduction: Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality. Although schizophrenia is not as common as other mental disorders, the ...1

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Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a severe, lifelong brain disorder. People who have it may hear voices, see things that aren't there or believe that others are reading or controlling their minds. In men, symptoms usually start in the late teens and early ...2

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Complications of Schizophrenia

As with other forms of serious mental illness, schizophrenia is related to homelessness, involvement with the criminal justice system, and other negative outcomes. ...Source: SAMHSA (DHHS)3 ...

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Causes of Schizophrenia

No one is sure what causes schizophrenia, but your genetic makeup and brain chemistry probably play a role. ...Source: MentalHealth.gov (DHHS)4 ...

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Causes List for Schizophrenia

Some possible causes of Schizophrenia or similar disorders may include:5

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Types of Schizophrenia

Childhood-onset schizophrenia (defined as onset before age 13) is much rarer, affecting approximately 0.01% of children. ...Source: SAMHSA (DHHS)6 ...

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Diagnosis of Schizophrenia

When to seek medical advice: If you're experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia, see your GP as soon as possible. The earlier schizophrenia is treated, the better. There's no single test for schizophrenia. It's usually diagnosed after an assessment by a ...7

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Genetics of Schizophrenia

Genes and environment: Scientists have long known that schizophrenia sometimes runs in families. However, there are many people who have schizophrenia who donít have a family member with the disorder and conversely, many people with one or more family ...8

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Risk Factors for Schizophrenia

While family history of psychosis is often not predictive of schizophrenia, genetic predisposition correlates to risk for developing the disease. Physiological factors, such as certain pregnancy and birth complications and environmental factors, such as season of birth (late winter/early ...9

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Treatments: Schizophrenia

Treatment for Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that affects about 1% of the U.S. population. It usually appears between the ages of 16 and 30. Symptoms of schizophrenia include hallucinations and delusions, disorganized thinking, social withdrawal, flat affect ...10

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Research for Schizophrenia

Researchers are developing more effective treatments and using new research tools to understand the causes of schizophrenia. In the years to come, this work may help prevent and better treat the illness. ...Source: NIMH (NIH)11 ...

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Names and Terminology

Other Names for This Condition

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References

  1. Source: NIMH (NIH): nimh.nih.gov/ health/ topics/ schizophrenia/ index.shtml
  2. Source: MentalHealth.gov (DHHS): mentalhealth.gov/ what-to-look-for/ psychotic-disorders/ schizophrenia/ index.html
  3. Source: SAMHSA (DHHS): samhsa.gov/ disorders/ mental
  4. Source: MentalHealth.gov (DHHS): mentalhealth.gov/ what-to-look-for/ psychotic-disorders/ schizophrenia/ index.html
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: SAMHSA (DHHS): samhsa.gov/ disorders/ mental
  7. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ Schizophrenia/ 
  8. Source: NIMH (NIH): nimh.nih.gov/ health/ topics/ schizophrenia/ index.shtml
  9. Source: SAMHSA (DHHS): samhsa.gov/ disorders/ mental
  10. Source: SAMHSA (DHHS): samhsa.gov/ treatment/ mental-disorders
  11. Source: NIMH (NIH): nimh.nih.gov/ health/ publications/ schizophrenia-booklet-12-2015/ index.shtml
  12. Source: GHR (NLM/NIH): ghr.nlm.nih.gov/ condition/ schizophrenia

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