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    1. Schizophrenia - 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 - 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 ...

    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. 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 ...

    6. 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 ...

    7. 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 ...

    8. Antipsychotics for Treating Schizophrenia

      Drug details for First-generation antipsychotics for treating schizophrenia.

    9. 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 ...

    10. Schizophrenia - When to Call a Doctor

      Call or other emergency services if you (or someone you care about who has schizophrenia ): Are thinking about suicide or are threatening suicide. Hear voices that tell you to hurt yourself or someone else or to do something illegal,such as destroy property or steal. Notice warning signs of violence towards others,such as thinking or talking about harming someone or becoming aggressive. ...

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