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    1. 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 ...

    2. Schizophrenia - Symptoms

      Schizophrenia has many symptoms,and having one or more of the symptoms doesn't mean you have schizophrenia. Symptoms usually start during your teen years or early adulthood. They may appear suddenly or may develop gradually. When symptoms develop gradually,they may be confused with other conditions that have similar symptoms,such as depression or anxiety disorders. You may not know you ...

    3. 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 ...

    4. 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. ...

    5. Antipsychotics for Treating Schizophrenia

      Drug details for First-generation antipsychotics for treating schizophrenia.

    6. Schizophrenia - 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 - 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 ...

    8. 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 ...

    9. 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. ...

    10. Schizophrenia - 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 ...

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