Schizophrenia Study & Research
Schizophrenia is an illness that affects about three million Americans. It is described as a disruption of the usual balance of emotions and thinking. Sometimes the illness makes it hard for people to do things like think clearly or manage emotions. People with Schizophrenia may not relate well to other people.
Schizophrenia Symptoms Include:
- Appearing to lack Emotion
- A change in Personality
- Problems with Personal Appearance
What is Schizophrenia caused by?
Genetics, Family history of Schizophrenia
How is Schizophrenia diagnosed?
In order to diagnose schizophrenia, a doctor will perform a variety of interview and psychological tests to determine the patient’s current beliefs and symptoms as well as the history of the patient
How is Schizophrenia different from similar diseases?
Schizophrenia is different from many other related mental illnesses such as schizoaffective disorder, schizophasia, schizotypal personality disorder, and schizoid personality disorder because schizophrenia serves as the commonality between these different related diseases, thereby having a few characteristics in common with each of them. Symptoms of schizophrenia usually include hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized thinking and speech.
What are the treatments for Schizophrenia?
Treatments include medications such as: Haldol, Clozapine, Geodon, Seroquel, Risperdal, Zyprexa, and Abilify
What happens if Schizophrenia goes untreated?
If left untreated, Schizophrenia can result in serious behavioral, emotional, and health problems. Also, untreated individuals who are diagnosed with Schizophrenia are more susceptible to the following: suicide, self-injury, substance abuse, depression, poverty, homelessness, family conflicts, inability to attend school or a job, being a victim or perpetrator of a violent crime, and heart disease due to excessive smoking.
What new research is being done for Schizophrenia?
The latest research on Schizophrenia has been finding a way to get the communication receptors in the brain of a schizophrenic individual to respond to real voices instead of delusional, self-made voices inside the individual’s brain. It has been found that with a certain stimulus to these receptors, the voice’s inside the schizophrenic’s brain are filtered so that the individual can focus on what is really happening in the outside world. Further research has found that within the brain, certain genes are more potent in the critical stages of an individual’s development that could be causing this mental disorder.