Answer: Positive symptoms are the symptoms where a behavior or thought is present that should not be there (i.e. delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, inappropriate emotions).Negative symptoms are the symptoms that are due to the absence of a behavior that should be present (i.e. psychomotor retardation, withdrawal from others, a catatonic state).
Answer: Schizophrenia is treated with antipsychotic drugs used in the lowest effective doses. The antipsychotic drugs work mainly to antagonize (inhibit) dopamine and serotonin receptors in specific areas of the brain that are in dysfunction
Answer: Schizophrenia can be controlled and cured without the use of medication.
Make sure that the patient is not using any recreational drugs or alcohol as this raises dopamine in the brain, high levels of dopamine are directly responsible for hallucinations and distorted perceptions.
I would however recommend that you stabilize the condition with anti-psychotics (preferably Seroquel or Risperdal)
Risperdal has anti-depressant qualities and Seroquel is powerful anti-anxiety and a good sedative. The sedating effects however do wear off over time.
Once the condition is stable the person can gradually reduce their medication until they are no longer taking anti-psychotics. Although this method is not recommended by Psychiatrists. It has worked for me, as I too suffered from schizophrenia.
It is very important that any person with schizophrenia gets enough sleep as lack of sleep aggravates the condition.
I would say that a person who develops a psychosis from cannabis is not suffering from schizophrenia rather a drug induced psychosis and as such can control that by staying away from the drugs where as someone who develops schizophrenia without marijuana may have difficulties and may need to take medication for ever
However the active component in marijuana contains THC which is known to worsen psychotic symptoms namely paranoia in schizophrenics. John Nash, the mathematician whom a movie was made called a Beautiful Mind regained his grip on sanity without the use of medications, after a very long time of psychosis. Studies indicate that first episode treatment can greatly improve recovery from schizophrenia and untreated schizophrenia can make things worse.
Schizophrenia can be treated, but it can never fully be cured after the second stage of its onset.
Answer: If your head is screwed on well enough to be willing to argue the point and you are free to move around at will. That is you havent signed yourself in to a clinic of some sort, why dont you seek a second opinion from another doctor.
Answer: Replace saturated fats with healthier fats. That means trimming all fat off of meats and chicken. Use olive oil instead of other vegetable oils. Eliminate margarine, butter, and lard from your diet. Greatly reduce the red meat (beef) in your diet and eat lean poultry, fish, and lean pork instead. Eat lean red meat only one meal per week or less. Limit your red meat to no more six ounces (the size of a deck of cards). If you drink milk change to non-fat milk. Reduce your intake of cheese and other dairy products just as you did your red meat. Add rolled oats to your diet and increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. Try low-fat Greek yogurt as a substitute for sour cream and mayonnaise. Broil and pan cook meat and vegetables instead of frying. Become knowledgeable about how to use spices and herbs to add flavor to meals because at first a low-cholesterol diet will seem bland to you. Also, exercise helps to reduce cholesterol when combined with a healthy diet.
Answer: Plenty of fluids by mouth and a tepid, not cold, bath. However, a fever above 102 to 103 needs to be monitored closely, especially in a child, since fevers can cause febrile seizures in children.
Answer: Yes, this is quite possible. But it requires the patient to drastically change their lifestyle in regards to eating habits. A completely new low-cholesterol diet is needed. A balanced diet along with cholesterol-decreasing medication, Statins, will be very effective.
Answer: No. Dissociative identity disorder (DID), or multiple personality disorder, is a completely different disease from schizophrenia. DID is characterized by having multiple personalities. Schizophrenia is characterized by delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized behavior.
What type of trial is used to discover if a new medication will better help reduce the symptoms of schizophrenia?
Answer: Smoking does not reduce the causes of schizophrenia. However, thereis some indication that smoking can reduce either the symptoms ofschizophrenia or the side effects of antipsychotic medications, orboth, which may be why 70-90 percent of people with schizophreniasmoke. The semi-beneficial effects of nicotine on people withschizophrenia may be caused by increased levels of acetycholine,which increases mood, and glutamate, which improves memory, in thebrain. Both mood and memory problems are prevalent among peoplewith schizophrenia.
Answer: There are two types of symptoms of schizophrenia: positive symptoms and negative symptoms. Positive symptoms are things that people with schizophrenia do or experience that other people do not. Negative symptoms are things that people with schizophrenia do not do or experience that other people do.
Delusions are beliefs that are not true, such as feeling people are following or trying to hurt them, believing other people can read their minds, or beliefs that they have special powers or abilities.
Hallucinations are things that someone senses that are not real. The most common type of hallucination is hearing voices that are not there, but people with schizophrenia may also see, smell, taste, and feel things that are not there.
Many people with schizophrenia have bizarre behavior, which is behavior that is strange or odd looking to other people.
Disorganized speech is when someone speaks in ways that are hard to understand. For instance, sentences might not make sense, or topic of conversation changes with little or no connection between sentences. Sometimes the speech of someone with schizophrenia is completely incomprehensible.
Lack of motivation and interest, especially in activities that he/she once found enjoyable
Not being able to think as clearly
Flat affect or decreased emotions and emotional expression
Answer: Schizophrenic patients may have confused thinking and speech, which makes it difficult for them to communicate effectively with others. Disorganized behaviors such as unnecessary, repetitive movements are also common
Answer: There is no specific list of symptoms for residual schizophrenia. Residual schizophrenia is most common type of schizophrenia now due to medication. It occurs when someone has had an active episode and currently do not show any symptoms of delusions, hallucinations, disorders of thought, grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior, and negative symptoms. They still are clearly not the same person they were before the schizophrenic episode had occurred and probably will have some strange behaviors.
Answer: The symptoms of schizophrenia are delusions, hallucinations, bizarre behavior, disorganized speech, lack of motivation, foggy thinking, flat affect, social withdrawal, and decreased caretaking abilities. The causes are currently unknown. However, there is evidence that points to genetic factors, neurotransmitters, viruses during the pregnancy, and elevated or decreased levels of certain neurotransmitters, such as glutamate and dopamine.
Answer: Anti-psychotics- there are two different classes typical, and atypical. Often psychiatric APRNs and physicians will work with the patient to determine what medications work best, dose etc to try and minimize their side effects.
Atypical- are newer, less side effects
Typical- older, more side effects bot often more cheaper