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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 - 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Schizophrenia and the Caregiver - Topic Overview

    As a family member or close friend,you may help take care of your loved one who has schizophrenia. You can help your loved one stay in treatment,take his or her medicines,and prevent symptoms from coming back ( relapse ). Along the way,be sure to take care of yourself too. It can be hard to watch a family member who was once happily planning for the future develop symptoms of confusion and ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ( ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Antipsychotics for Treating Schizophrenia

    Drug details for First-generation antipsychotics for treating schizophrenia.

  9. 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 ...

  10. Schizophrenia - Topic Overview

    What is schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is an illness that harms how your brain works and how you think. It affects each person in a different way,both on a daily basis and over a lifetime. How society and the people you come in contact with react to schizophrenia also can make a difference in how schizophrenia affects you. They may make it easier or harder for you to cope with the illness. ...

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