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 him about not being totally honest … and he said he had had a 'schizophrenic break.'"
For some couples, that might have been the end. Frese went to the library and read up on schizophrenia. She learned...
Do you ever hear voices (or see things) that
other people do not hear (or see)?
Do you ever think that you are
being given a special message, are supposed to do a special project, or have
been selected to be someone special?
Are you having confusing
thoughts that are hard for you to understand or follow?
Do you get
Do you think that you are in
Do you think about hurting yourself or someone
Do you think that you are being followed, that someone is
controlling your thoughts, or that someone else knows what you are about to do
The health professional may also ask other questions to see whether a
person has symptoms of other conditions, such as
anxiety, or heavy alcohol or illegal drug use. The
health professional may specifically ask about the use of illegal drugs known
to cause the same symptoms as schizophrenia, especially phencyclidine
hydrochloride (PCP), methamphetamine, and cocaine.
The health professional will also ask questions about family history,
including any history of schizophrenia or other mental illnesses.
The health professional may also ask to interview one or more family
members. During these interviews, the health professional may ask the family
member(s) to describe the actions and behaviors of the person who has symptoms
that may be caused by schizophrenia.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
August 31, 2012
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 31, 2012
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