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 Medical University. "It's critical to recovery to move forward with your life, whether it's at school or at work." Jewell advocates a team approach to providing patients the treatment, skills, and support...
or hearing things. For example, the person may hear a voice calling his or her
name or hear many voices talking, sometimes saying things that are frightening.
schizophrenia may hear voices telling them to do
things (command hallucinations), such as harm themselves or someone else.
Auditory hallucinations are the most common type.
Visual hallucinations, or seeing things. For example, a person
with schizophrenia may see another person, an animal, or an object that other
people do not see. Sometimes visual hallucinations are pleasant, and sometimes
they are frightening.
Other types of hallucinations include tasting something (gustatory
hallucination), smelling something (olfactory hallucination), and feeling
something that is not there (tactile hallucination).
Some people have hallucinations that are not considered symptoms of
mental illness. They may occur when a person is about to fall asleep
(hypnagogic hallucinations) or when a person is just waking up (hypnopompic
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Miklos Ferenc Losonczy, MD, PhD - Psychiatry
August 19, 2010
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