Schizophrenia - Recovery
Recovery from schizophrenia is a journey of healing and change. It will help you live a fulfilling and meaningful life. Recovery doesn't always mean you are symptom-free. It begins with treatment and usually is a lifelong process. In the recovery process,you learn to cope with your symptoms and challenges,find and meet your goals,and develop the support you need. There are 10 principles ...
Schizophrenia - Treatment Overview
Finding out that you have schizophrenia can be scary and hard to deal with. But you can treat it. The goals of treatment and recovery are to reduce or stop symptoms,reduce the number of relapses,and develop a personal plan for your recovery by setting and meeting goals for home,work,and relationships. Medicines help your symptoms,and counseling and therapy help you change how you think ...
Schizophrenia - For Family and Friends
Schizophrenia affects everyone around the person who has the illness. It can be hard to watch a family member or friend develop symptoms and perhaps act in very different ways. Family and friends may feel helpless,but they play an important role in the life and treatment of people who have schizophrenia. As a family member or close friend,you may help support or take care of your loved one. ...
Schizophrenia - Medicines
Medicine is the most effective treatment for schizophrenia,and there are many medicines that can help. Medicines may be used for positive or negative symptoms,but they don't work as well for negative symptoms as they do for positive symptoms. During a first psychotic episode or a relapse,you probably will need constant care and may have to go to a hospital. If you already are using ...
Schizophrenia - What Happens
Symptoms of schizophrenia usually start in the late teens to mid-20s for men and the late 20s to 30s for women. 1 The symptoms may start suddenly or happen gradually. Men tend to have more severe symptoms than women do. 2 Children and younger teens also may develop symptoms,but this is rare. How it starts The first symptoms of schizophrenia may be overlooked. They are often the same as ...
Schizophrenia - Exams and Tests
Your doctor will ask you questions about your medical history and your mental health and about any odd experiences you may have had,such as hearing voices or having confusing thoughts. You also will have a physical exam. Your doctor also may suggest tests to rule out other conditions with similar symptoms or to diagnose other schizophrenia disorders. These tests may include blood tests and a ...
Schizophrenia - What Increases Your Risk
Schizophrenia is a complex illness. Experts don't know what causes it or why some people get it and others don't. But some things make it more likely that a person will develop schizophrenia. These are called risk factors. Having one or more risk factors doesn't mean you will develop the illness,though. You may be at risk for schizophrenia if: Your mother,father,brother,or sister has ...
Schizophrenia - Counseling and Therapy
Counseling and therapy are important parts of treatment. You will work with a mental health professional such as a psychologist,a licensed professional counselor,a clinical social worker,or a psychiatrist. Find a therapist you trust and feel comfortable with. A good therapist not only provides help but gives you support and encouragement. If you don't feel good about working with one ...
Frequently Asked Questions About Schizophrenia
These questions address key issues about schizophrenia, its causes, symptoms, treatment, and early warning signs.
Mental Health and Delusional Disorder
Delusional disorder, previously called paranoid disorder, is a mental disorder in which a person cannot tell what is real from what is imagined. Learn more.