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Can Genetics Be The Reason Behind Schizophrenia?

Dr. Syed Saquib 90% (101 ratings)
M.B.B.S, D.P.M, M.A (Clinical Psychology)
Psychiatrist, Nagpur
Can Genetics Be The Reason Behind Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a psychiatric disorder in which a person’s mood, knowledge, thought and several other characteristics gets disturbed. We can notice most of the adults and old people with few symptoms of schizophrenia, which are most commonly left unidentified. The exact cause of schizophrenia is not yet known. The person feels that they are being constantly watched, they feel the presence of someone or something, which is not actually there. They are always suspicious and think that other people are gossiping and thinking about them.

Possible causes of Schizophrenia
Though the exact cause of schizophrenia is not known there are few factors, which contribute to the cause of schizophrenia.

  1. Genetic factors: People with a family history of schizophrenia are at higher risk of getting schizophrenia.
  2. Environmental factors: Environmental factors include excessive stress during pregnancy or later stages of life. Several other factors during pregnancy and childhood are responsible for causing schizophrenia. These factors are:

    1. Decreased oxygen level during delivery due to premature birth or prolonged labour
    2. Parental loss or separation in early stages of life
    3. Parental exposure to virus or during infancy
    4. Childhood physical or sexual abuse
    5. Abnormal brain structures and brain chemistry

Sings and symptoms of schizophrenia

  1. Hallucination: To see, feel or hear anything that really does not exist is known as hallucination.
  2. Delusion: A thought or belief of a person, which is either false or impossible in reality is known as delusion.
  3. Thought and speech disturbances: The thought process and speech of a schizophrenic will be disorganized, due to which he or she  will fumble or is distracted as they are unable to align their thoughts.
  4. Difficulty in concentrating: It is difficult for people suffering from schizophrenia to concentrate on the task at hand.
  5. Erratic behaviour: People suffering from schizophrenia tend to behave erratically, either they will be too jumpy or will be perfectly still for hours at a stretch. Most people belief that those who are suffering from schizophrenia are often violent in nature, which actually is not the case.

Treatment for schizophrenia
Schizophrenia can be treated, if identified at an early stage. It is best advised to consult a psychiatrist the moment you spot the symptoms. Anti psychotic drugs, self help behaviour change, counselling and rehabilitation are few treatment modalities available for schizophrenia.

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I am taking allopathy medicine for schizophrenia, I want to take medicine from ayurveda it is safe or not. Is their any side effects. Please an ayurvedic doctor gives my answer.

Ms. Pallavee Walia 90% (84 ratings)
PGDRP Rehabilitation Psychology , M.A Clinical Psychology, Certificate in Guidance and Counselling (CGC)
Psychologist, Agra
You should go for aryurvedic treatment as there is no side effects of it. Take Bramhi daily at night. Fish liver oil capsules-seacod after breakfast. Regular breathing exercise and yoga-shavasana and vrikshasana.
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I am taking allopathy medicine for schizophrenia, I want to take medicine from ayurveda it is safe or not. Is their any sideffects. Please answer is given by an ayurvedic doctor.

Dr. Sugeeta Mutreja 86% (53 ratings)
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Ayurvedic medicine taken from an authentic Ayurvedic doctor from a good company are totally safe there are many treatments like sirodhara which can be taken to improve your condition TC stay healthy.
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Hello Dr, My age is 25 I haven't sleep for 3 days and I felt that someone wanted to killed me and I had suspicious nature and I felt that someone put poison in my food. And I felt like police was following me everywhere. Psychiatrist prescribed me sizodon 6 mg with pacitane and lonazep. Was that right tablet prescribed or not. please help.

Dr. Karuna Chawla 96% (2887 ratings)
Homeopath, Noida
Are you under stress. You need to relax. Take help of family n friends, do not be alone Try thiese relaxation techniques Try to relax yourself -- Exercise. Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to combat stress. Take a few minutes to breathe in and out in slow, deep breaths. Reduce Your Caffeine Intake. Write It Down. Chew Gum. Spend Time With Friends and Family. Laugh. Massage. Eat a healthy diet. Pursue one hobby Walk in natureMeditation. Yoga For details you can consult me.
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How To Deal With Different Types Of Schizophrenia?

Dr. Suresh Patil 90% (23 ratings)
Diploma In Psychological Medicine, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Thane
How To Deal With Different Types Of Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia affects over 1% of the world’s population and affects the way a person thinks, feels and behaves. In most cases, it is diagnosed when a person is between the ages of 16 to 25. This condition can be hereditary and is said to affect men more often than women. Schizophrenia is characterized by an inability to distinguish between real and imaginary which can lead to delusions, social withdrawal, hallucinations and other forms of social and occupational dysfunction.

Schizophrenia affects different people in different ways. On the basis of the type of symptoms exhibited, this disease has been categorized into 5 sub types. These are:

  1. Paranoid schizophrenia: This type of schizophrenia is characterized by delusions and hallucinations that may make the person exhibit paranoid behaviour. These people often feel like they are being watched or followed and may have delusions of grandeur. They may also get angry quickly on minor issues and show signs of anxiety and hostility.
  2. Disorganized schizophrenia: In such cases, the person may behave in ways that are difficult to understand or speak in broken sentences and have difficulty structuring a sentence. They may also display inappropriate behaviour and react in ways not suitable to the occasion. People suffering from disorganized schizophrenia may also neglect their personal hygiene.
  3. Catatonic schizophrenia: People suffering from catatonic schizophrenia may swing between immobility and periods of rapid movement. They may stay quiet for hours or talk rapidly repeating everything they hear. These people have a high risk of harming themselves as they are usually unable to look after themselves and complete daily activities.
  4. Undifferentiated schizophrenia: People suffering from this type of schizophrenia exhibit behaviour that fits into more than one type of schizophrenia. From time to time they may have hallucinations, suffer from delusions or display catatonic behaviour and disorganized behaviour or speech.
  5. Residual schizophrenia: Even though a person may not be currently showcasing any signs of schizophrenia, they are said to have residual schizophrenia. Such people need to have had at least one schizophrenic episode. These people may exhibit symptoms later or be in complete remission.

With schizophrenia, an early diagnosis can make treatment easier and hence if you notice anyone exhibiting signs of schizophrenia, you must advise them to seek medical help immediately. Schizophrenia cannot be cured but it can be managed with a combination of typical or atypical medication and cognitive therapy. The latter can be in the form of self-help groups, housing and employment programs, counselling and therapy.

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I am 32 years old male I am currently taking soltus 100 and Olimelt 2.5 mg as prescribed by doctor for psychosis, I want to know that whether I have schizophrenia as by searching on internet I came know that such medicine are given for schizophrenia also.

Dr. Saranya Devanathan 96% (1699 ratings)
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Dear F, Schizophrenia is a type of psychosis. Olimelt and soltus are given for schizophrenia and other types of psychosis.
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Schizophrenia - How Does The Condition Manifests?

Dr. (Prof) R K Suri 87% (10 ratings)
M. Phil Clinical Psychology, Ph.D - Psychology, MA - Applied Psychology, Post Graduate Diploma In Coaching
Psychologist, Delhi
Schizophrenia - How Does The Condition Manifests?

Genetics is a fascinating subject which has received much attention during present times in the field of medical science as it gives the solutions to many a puzzle. The same applies to the hard to pronounce medical term ‘schizophrenia’ that refers to a mental disorder which disrupts the innate human ability to feel, express, behave, and think clearly.

The condition is a chronic illness, and the disorder may last for years or even a lifetime. Often considered to be the most disabling of mental illnesses, schizophrenia does not refer to multiple or split-personalities. It is more about psychosis where patients become unable to differentiate between reality and fiction.

How does the condition manifest itself?
The symptoms of schizophrenia are rendered into three categories. The positive signs include delusions, hallucination, movement disorders, and dysfunctional, and unusual ways of thought. The negative symptoms include the inability to experience happiness or pleasure in everyday life, reduced talking, and difficulty in sustaining or beginning any activity. While ‘positive’ means exaggerating certain behavior in this context, the term ‘negative’ does not imply bad behavior, but the absence of regular behavior patterns. Then follows the cognitive aspect (the subtlest behavior changes) which includes trouble in paying attention, or problems with using memory, etc.

What could be the possible causes?
There’s no specific reason that may cause schizophrenia; however, some factors play an important role in making a person have this mental condition. Various environmental factors are suspected to be responsible for the condition; these may include viral infections, excessive exposure to toxins like marijuana, extreme stress, etc. In some instances, schizophrenia can occur solely due to abnormalities or chemical imbalances in the brain. Experts note that a history of schizophrenia in the family tree can increase the risk of schizophrenia in future generations.

Who can develop schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia can develop at any age. However, it is during the teenage years or the 20s when the condition takes effect. Though rare, it can sometimes invade the minds of children below five years of age.

How can it be treated?
There’s no cure available for schizophrenia. However, the periods of recovery from this illness and its symptoms can be reduced through various possible treatments. These include medication and psychosocial therapy, supportive psychotherapy or cognitive behavioral therapy, electroconvulsive therapy, and psychosurgery. The administration of these procedures can reduce the chances of recurrence and relapse. Sometimes hospitalization may become necessary as a part of treatment to stabilize patients that do not have anyone to take care of them at home.

Modern medicine is yet to discover failsafe remedies for schizophrenia. Early diagnosis and treatment can reduce the condition in patients. Hospitalization can reduce the chances of a relapse and can prevent the mental condition from worsening. The moment any sign of schizophrenia is noticed, one is strongly advised to opt for psychological treatment. These actions can help to reduce disruptions in a patient’s personal and social life.

I am taking amisulpride tablet since 5 years now I am taking Solian 50 mg since last one year .so recently I have consult my doctor so he advice me to take Solian 50 for another 6 months after that he will decide that I should continue or stopped the Solian 50 but I want stopped the medicine right now so is it possible or is there any side affect arise if I stopped the medicine. please advice or suggest. Moreover I i want to tell you that the bad thoughts which I had earlier have gone. So should I continue or stopped the medicine Solian50.

Dr. Saranya Devanathan 96% (1699 ratings)
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Dear Swarup, It will be nice if you let me know what was the diagnosis for which you are taking amisulpride (solian is also amisulpride only). If it is for schizophrenia, if you stop it fully, be prepared for a relapse. Relapses will be difficult to treat. So even if you have not got back bad thoughts, please continue Solian 50 for 6 months and consult doctor before stopping.
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Espazine 5 mg roj 1-0-1 lena chhorne per meri maa ke muh me ghaw ho jata hai kya kren bahut pahle wo h 1 mg rat men leti thi - bad me phir bimar parne par 01-0-01 le rahi the. Ab doctor ne band kar diya to muh me ghaw hone laga phor lene lagi to thik ho gaya ab daba ke band hone se phir muh me ghaw hone laga hai.

Dr. K V Anand 94% (24618 ratings)
BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology, Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health
Psychologist, Palakkad
Dear user. I can understand. Please don't be panic. I suggest you to consult a gynecologist in person. We are here to help you in every aspect of your mental and physical health. Any sexual or psychological problems can be cured with the help of various methods and therapies. I suggest you to post your query with every detail here. We will help you in overcoming your problems certainly. Take care.
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