So-called “paranoid” thoughts can be normal. But they could point to a mental health symptom if you lose the ability to judge whether they are or aren't likely to be true. Here are the common causes and what you can do to ease your mind. Are other people talking about me? Was I just lied to? Is som
If your friend or relative with schizophrenia won't get treatment, there are steps you can take to help.
First, listen to his concerns in an open-minded, supportive way. Then talk about how treatment will help. Explain that he has an illness and it's treatable. "You'd get treatment for diabetes or h
Schizophrenia is a complex illness that may partly involve your genes. But other events in your life may also play a role. Scientists are edging closer to figuring out if there are ways to lower the risk of schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia can sometimes run in families, but there isn't one specific gene
You may think holding down a job is too much for someone with schizophrenia. But with treatment, many people can -- and should -- stay in the game. "People feel better about themselves if they're doing something productive," says Steven Jewell, MD, associate professor of psychiatry at Northeast Ohio
People with schizophrenia can have a hard time telling what’s real and what’s not. They may see things that aren’t there or hold firm beliefs that fly in the face of fact. Understanding schizophrenia’s nature can help patients and their loved ones regain a sense of control.
It's crucial to recognize
Penny Frese, PhD, was studying fine arts at Ohio University when she met her future husband. They saw each other for several months, and she noticed he avoided talking about anything personal. "We took a walk in a park, and it was toward the end of summer -- a gorgeous, beautiful day. I confronted h
March 6, 2000 (Petaluma, Calif.) -- It seems to come out of nowhere, often striking young people in their teenage years. A seemingly healthy kid suddenly becomes withdrawn and depressed, then confused and even paranoid. As hallucinations and delusions take hold, victims become trapped in the demon-h
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by gross distortion of reality, language disturbances, fragmentation of thought and other troubling symptoms. The cost of caring for schizophrenic patients comes to more than $17 billion per year in this country -- but this figure can never capture th