The future of schizophrenia research

Part 9 of Schizophrenia. This is an exciting time for schizophrenia research. The outlook for people with schizophrenia has improved during the last 30 years or so. Although there still is no cure, effective treatments have been developed, and many people with schizophrenia improve enough to lead independent, satisfying lives. This is an exciting time […]

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The schizophrenic patient’s support system

Part 8 of Schizophrenia. Family and friends can also help patients set realistic goals and regain their ability to function in the world. Support for those with mental disorders can come from families, professional residential or day program caregivers, shelter operators, friends or roommates, professional case managers, or others in their communities or places of […]

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Schizophrenia treatments

Part 7 of Schizophrenia. Because the causes of schizophrenia are still unknown, current treatments focus on eliminating the symptoms of the disease. Everyone Responds differently To Anti-Psychotic Medicaton. Antipsychotic medications Antipsychotic medications have been available since the mid-1950s. They effectively alleviate the positive symptoms of schizophrenia. While these drugs have greatly improved the lives of […]

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What causes schizophrenia?

Part 3 of Schizophrenia. Like many other illnesses, schizophrenia is believed to result from a combination of environmental and genetic factors. All the tools of modern science are being used to search for the causes of this disorder. People With Schizophrenia May Be Mistaken For People Who Are High On Drugs. Can schizophrenia be inherited? […]

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Schizophrenia and brain chemistry

Part 6 of Schizophrenia. It is likely that an imbalance in the complex, interrelated chemical reactions of the brain involving the neurotransmitters dopamine and glutamate (and possibly others) plays a role in schizophrenia. Neurotransmitters are substances that allow brain cells to communicate with one another. Basic knowledge about brain chemistry and its link to schizophrenia […]

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Schizophrenia and substance abuse

Part 5 of Schizophrenia. Some people who abuse drugs show symptoms similar to those of schizophrenia, and people with schizophrenia may be mistaken for people who are high on drugs. While most researchers do not believe that substance abuse causes schizophrenia, people who have schizophrenia abuse alcohol and/or drugs more often than the general population. […]

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Who gets schizophrenia? When does it start?

Part 4 of Schizophrenia. Psychotic symptoms (such as hallucinations and delusions) usually emerge in men in their late teens and early 20s and in women in their mid-20s to early 30s. They seldom occur after age 45 and only rarely before puberty, although cases of schizophrenia in children as young as 5 have been reported. […]

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What are the symptoms of schizophrenia?

Part 2 of Schizophrenia. The symptoms of schizophrenia fall into three broad categories: Positive symptoms are unusual thoughts or perceptions, including hallucinations, delusions, thought disorder, and disorders of movement. Negative symptoms represent a loss or a decrease in the ability to initiate plans, speak, express emotion, or find pleasure in everyday life. These symptoms are […]

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What is schizophrenia?

Part 1 of Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder that has been recognized throughout recorded history. It affects about 1 percent of Americans. People with schizophrenia may hear voices other people don’t hear or they may believe that others are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. […]

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