Schizophrenia is a mental disorder in which a person showcases abnormal social behavior. The patient also fails to understand the difference between what is real and what is not . Some of the common symptoms of Schizophrenia include false beliefs, unclear or confused thinking, hearing voices, reduced social engagement and a lack of motivation. It can also be characterised by delusions and hallucinations.
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?
Treatment of Diagnosis of Schizophrenia is a combination of medication, psychological counseling and self-help. Anti-psychosis drugs are given for treating Schizophrenia.
DID YOU KNOW?
This is a very serious disease that can lead to complete physical disability along with active psychosis. There are also studies that reveal that people who smoke a lot have a higher chance of getting this.