Schizophrenia is a serious disorder which affects how a person thinks, feels and acts. Someone with schizophrenia may have difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what is imaginary, may be unresponsive or withdrawn, and may have difficulty expressing normal emotions in social situations.
HOW IS SCHIZOPHRENIA DIAGNOSED?
There is currently no physical or lab test that can absolutely diagnose schizophrenia - a psychiatrist usually comes to the diagnosis based on clinical symptoms. What physical testing can do is rule out a lot of other conditions (seizure disorders, metabolic disorders, thyroid dysfunction, brain tumor, street drug use, etc) that sometimes have similar symptoms.People diagnosed with schizophrenia usually experience a combination of positive (i.e. hallucinations, delusions, racing thoughts), negative (i.e. apathy, lack of emotion, poor or nonexistent social functioning), and cognitive (disorganized thoughts, difficulty concentrating and/or following instructions, difficulty completing tasks, memory problems).
HOW IS SCHIZOPHRENIA TREATED?
One of the most common modes of treatments for schizophrenia is antipsychotic medications. Patients with family history of the same are also given precautionary and preventive medicines. Post this, clinical treatment and counselling along with therapy are done to.
DID YOU KNOW?
Coping with a mental disorder as serious as schizophrenia can be challenging, both for the person with the condition and for friends and family.