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  1. Schizophrenia: When Hospital Care is Needed - Topic Overview

    People who have schizophrenia sometimes have to spend time in the hospital. This can be because of severe symptoms or for other reasons. You may have to go to the hospital if you: Are having a psychotic episode. This means you can't tell the difference between what is real and what is not real. Talk about suicide or hurting yourself or others. Have severe medicine side effects,such as ...

  2. Schizophrenia and Pregnancy - Topic Overview

    People with schizophrenia have goals and desires just like people without the illness. These may include starting a family. You can have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby if you have schizophrenia. But there are some things to know. You will want people to help you during your pregnancy and when you are first taking care of your new baby. It's best to talk with your pregnancy doctor ( ...

  3. Types of Schizophrenia - Topic Overview

    There are several types of schizophrenia. The most common type is paranoid schizophrenia. Paranoid schizophrenia People with paranoid schizophrenia have frightening thoughts and hear threatening voices. This causes them to act afraid or to argue with other people. Sometimes they attack other people or objects in their surroundings because they are afraid of them. This type of schizophrenia ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Childhood Schizophrenia - Topic Overview

    Schizophrenia in children younger than 15 years of age is rare. Sometimes autism,depression,anxiety,or other conditions are confused with childhood schizophrenia. In general,the condition develops slowly. The child usually starts by having problems in school,at home,and in social situations. Children with schizophrenia often hear voices and other noises that other people do not hear ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Schizophrenia: Encouraging Social Skills - Topic Overview

    The negative symptoms of schizophrenia can be hard to treat. Medicines do not always work well for these symptoms,which include finding little or no pleasure in life and feeling no emotions. Negative symptoms may be harder to deal with than positive symptoms,because they often are long-lasting and may make your loved one appear to be concerned only about himself or herself. To help you deal ...

  10. Schizophrenia - Cause

    Experts don't know what causes schizophrenia. It may have different causes for different people. In some people,brain chemistry and brain structure are not normal. Family history may play a role. And problems that harm a baby's brain during pregnancy also may help cause it. Genetics: Your chance of developing schizophrenia is greater if your parent,brother,or sister has the illness. 1 ...

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