Patient discussion about schizophrenia

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Q. how to treat schizophrenia?

ASchizophrenia is a serious illness that should be treated with the help of a psychiatrist, because close monitoring over the medications and possible side effects is crucial. It is often treated with anti-psychotic medications, either from the older or newer generation of drugs. Some modifications are done in each patient after looking into all of the factors that take place.

Q. How can we treat a schizophrenic person?

A member of my family is a schizophrenic and was diagnosed when he was 25 years old. Today at almost 60 he refuse to be treated and certain that nothing is wrong with him. The problem is me and my family feels that his illness is getting worst and we can't help him. How can we get treatment for him and if not what is the next phase we should expect to encounter?
Aalthough the cause for schizophrenia is not yet clear- there is a treatment for it's symptoms, and it's actually very helpful. have very good results. but it has to be accompanied by psychiatric care. you will have to convince him to go threw a therapy, talk to a good psychiatrist, ask him if he has any idea. or maybe someone here can answer that question. about what to look for, here is a very informative site about it-
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/schizophrenia/index.shtml

Q. Am i going to get schizophrenia and what are the signs towards it?

My mother is 50 years old and i knew she was bi polar and tonight i found out she has schizophrenia too from a nurse at the hospital she was sent to for going crazy out of no where tonight. I am very different from her and i am 17 years old. My dad side of the family has no disorders. How likely am i to develop schizophrenia? What are the first symptoms? Can i see signs now? and any other info.
A1Sweetheart you would not recognize a sign if it run over you. as the sickness encroaches upon your mind it also removes rational thought. you will say to your self I am not crazy there is nothing wrong with me. all the crazy Sob's around me are nuts I an not. And Honey you will believe your self. self diagnosis is a very dangerous path you are wanting to take.
Just be aware and talk to a certified psychiatrist – he’ll tell you any thing you want to know.

A2Does she have schizophrenia or bi-polar disease? It is unlikely that she has both. Does she have unrealistic thoughts? Paranoid thoughts? These are signs of psychotic episodes that can suggest either bi-polar disease or schizophrenia, but schizophrenia has many other symptoms such as hearing voices, losing ability to function or plan ahead, and mental deterioration in general. You should find out with the doctors exactly what they think she has, and then ask about yourself. Also, bi-polar disease tends to begin early in life, and show signs both of depression and manic (very happy mood) episodes (ups and downs). I think that before you read more about your chances of getting the disease you should have a serious talk with her doctors and they will provide you with all the information you're concerened about.

Q. What are the chances that chronic depression leads to schizophrenia?

Someone close to me has been battling depression for 17 years now. She is doing a good job, has held on to a demanding job for 4 years now. Though her performance at work are highly erratic. Periods of poor apathetic performance interspersed with periods of high performance. She shows symptoms of chronic depression, withdraws from social life, has low energy, can spend days in bed, is messy etc. She's on medication too. I fear that the next phase will be schizophrenia
A1Sometimes if you forget to take your medication, you can have bad days. It could be from not getting enough sleep, something stressful going on in personal life, job stress, some big change. There's a long list....
I am not an expert on depression, but I don't think it leads to schizophrenia. Not exercising can certainly lead to other health problems. Everything can go into the death spiral if you just ignore everything and quit taking care of yourself.

You mentioned this was about a friend. So maybe, you have to do what a real friend needs to do. Some people will not help themselves and will let others do everything for them. If that's the problem, saying NO may be just the thing to get them to do things for themselves, like they should be doing. So if you are babying your friend, then maybe that's not really in their best interest. I don't know what's really gong on in your situation. So my suggestions could be way off. Its impossible for me to understand it with just the few w
A2no it cannot develop into schizophrenia that’s not possible. it doesn’t work like that.
She probably needs assistance with affairs of daily living; if you are battling depression, you can't keep the house clean, and if you live in a pig sty, it's even harder to battle depression. If you could come in, straighten things up, do some laundry, cook a few meals, it would really do a long way towards making her life tolerable. Don't just jump in and take over, though; she's already suffering feelings of impotence.
A3she should start to reduce medications slowly but surely and check weekly her psychiatrist. too much drugs pumps out the last little life she has. give her my story to read please, so that she can perhaps find some ideas or open herself more towards you.

I am the manager of the topic "depression" and "bipolar-disorder" because i was asked by iMedix to do so. so contact me whenever you want and i will do my best to coach you and your friend.

this is my personal story - believe it or not:

http://www.pulsarsystems.ch/lixurion999-EN.pdf

PS: I am sorry for the English - online-translation from my German original document.

Q. Lately I have been having serious mental issues. I am very concerned with schizophrenia. How can you tell?

I feel terrified all the time. Everything scares me. I even went as far as to think I had crutz-field Jacobs disease because I get scared just outta of the blue for no reason. I get a crazy thought in my head or I will see something and I get freaked out all day.
A1there is a schizophrenic sub type which is paranoiac, but don't look for on-line psychiatric diagnose...go see a psychiatrist, he'll diagnose you properly. schizophrenia is a hard diagnose and it takes usually a month to diagnose for an experienced psychiatrist, no short cuts here...sorry..
A2There is currently no physical or lab test that can absolutely diagnose schizophrenia - a psychiatrist usually comes to the diagnosis based on clinical symptoms. What physical testing can do is rule out a lot of other conditions (seizure disorders, metabolic disorders, thyroid disfunction, brain tumor, street drug use, etc) that sometimes have similar symptoms.

Current research is evaluating possible physical diagnostic tests (such as a blood test for schizophrenia, special IQ tests for identifying schizophrenia, eye-tracking, brain imaging, 'smell tests', etc), but these are still in trial stages at only a few universities and companies and are not yet widely used. It will likely be a few years before these on the market, and adopted by hospitals, etc.

People diagnosed with schizophrenia usually experience a combination of positive negative and cognitive. http://www.schizophrenia.com/diag.php Hope this helps.

Q. What is the difference between bipolar disorder i and ii and schizophrenia?

I have had bipolar disorder for about 10 yrs. and my bad cycles are about two yrs apart, mini manic phases are anywhere from five a day to sometimes five a week, it varies. I have been on so many types of meds but eventually they all quit working. My cycles seem to becoming closer together. I am 36 yrs. old. I do not really know the difference between them.
A1Yeah, I was diagnosed with bipolar (with psychotic symptoms), my brother with paranoid schizophrenia and my sister with schizoaffective disorder. If it's worth anything, my other brother was diagnosed with dysthymia (low grade depression or flat mood) while a teenager but i don't think he lets that diagnosis affect him and takes no medication and my final sibling wasn't diagnosed with anything but I hear from my other sibling he can't control his liquor. I think every one has problems, they just manifest themselves in different ways. It's not so much the diagnosis, but understanding yourself and where you stand on the spectrum of mental health. I think schizophrenia is seen as the most severe but it has it's benefits over bipolar and vice versa.
A2actually, despite of what most people think- there is a big connection between those two. 1)Many symptoms are shared. 2)Relatives of individual with one disorder suffer from the other. 3)Studies and clinical experience suggest a gradation between the two. how to differentiate? manic depression has attacks that you know very well while schizophrenia is continues and has at least 2 of those symptoms:
1)Delusions. 2)Hallucinations. 3)Disorganized speech. 4)grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior. 5)"negative" signs.

but there is a big similarity.

Q. My brother-in-law named Jacob has bi-polar schizophrenia; please help us by giving some solution for this…

My brother-in-law named Jacob has bi-polar schizophrenia; he is currently on his medication and takes them faithfully in a positive mood. We have a hard time communicating with each other and it's destroying our marriage, please help us by giving some solution for this…
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