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  Schizophrenia.com, Indepth Schizophrenia Information and Support
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Schizophrenia: Practical Methods for Improving Treatment Outcomes The University of California at Davis Medical Center (near Sacramento) is hosting a free public lecture by Jesse Wright, M.D., Professor in psychiatry at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
People who have schizophrenia, and also their biological relatives, tend to have a difficult time interpreting and understanding facial expressions and emotions.
This area is important because it highlights the belief by many schizophrenia researchers that there are a significant percent of people in families that have a genetic predisposition for Read full story...
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  MedlinePlus: Schizophrenia
The primary NIH organization for research on Schizophrenia is the National Institute of Mental Health
No one is sure what causes schizophrenia, but your genetic makeup and brain chemistry probably play a role.
Schizophrenia and Suicide(World Fellowship for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders)
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  What is schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia, a disease of the brain, is one of the most disabling and emotionally devastating illnesses known to man. But because it has been misunderstood for so long, it has received relatively little attention and its victims have been undeservingly stigmatized.
Schizophrenia is, in fact, a relatively common disease, with an estimated one percent to one and a half percent of the U.S. population being diagnosed with it over the course of their lives.
Schizophrenia is characterized by a constellation of distinctive and predictable symptoms.
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  Schizophrenia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Schizophrenia is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a mental disorder characterized by impairments in the perception or expression of reality and by significant social or occupational dysfunction.
Women with a diagnosis of schizophrenia were found to have a slightly better life expectancy than that of men, and as a whole, a diagnosis of schizophrenia was associated with a better life expectancy than substance abuse, personality disorder, heart attack and stroke.
Regarding schizophrenia as a waking dreamer syndrome, Jie Zhang hypothesizes that the hallucinations of schizophrenia are caused by the activation of the continual-activation mechanism during waking, a mechanism that induces dreaming while asleep, due to the malfunction of the continual-activation thresholds in the conscious part of brain.
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 Schizophrenia - MSN Encarta
Schizophrenia, severe mental illness characterized by a variety of symptoms, including loss of contact with reality, bizarre behavior, disorganized thinking and speech, decreased emotional expressiveness, and social withdrawal.
Schizophrenia seriously impairs a person’s ability to work, go to school, enjoy relationships with others, or take care of oneself.
Schizophrenia usually develops in late adolescence or early adulthood, between the ages of 15 and 30.
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 Schizophrenia Causes, Diagnosis, Symptoms, and Treatment on MedicineNet.com
Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder that has been recognized throughout recorded history.
People with schizophrenia may hear voices other people don't hear or they may believe that others are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them.
Because many people with schizophrenia have difficulty holding a job or caring for themselves, the burden on their families and society is significant as well.
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 Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a serious brain disorder that distorts the way a person thinks, acts, expresses emotions, perceives reality and relates to others.
Schizophrenia is a psychosis, a type of mental illness in which a person cannot tell what is real from what is imagined.
Schizophrenia more often surfaces when the body is undergoing hormonal and physical changes, such as those that occur during the teen and young adult years.
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 Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is one of the most complex of all mental health disorders.
The symptoms of schizophrenia are often classified as positive (symptoms including delusions, hallucinations, and bizarre behavior), negative (symptoms including flat affect, withdrawal, and emotional unresponsiveness), disorganized speech (including speech that is incomprehensible), and disorganized or catatonic behavior (including marked mood swings, sudden aggressive, or confusion, followed by sudden motionlessness and staring).
The symptoms of schizophrenia in children are similar to adults, however, children, more often (in 80 percent of diagnosed cases), experience auditory hallucinations and typically do not experience delusions or formal thought disorders until mid-adolescence or older.
www.montefiore.org /healthlibrary/adult/mentalhealth/schiz   (919 words)

  
 Schizophrenia Symptoms & Diagnosis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
Current research is evaluating possible physical diagnostic tests (such as a blood test for schizophrenia, special IQ tests for identifying schizophrenia, eye-tracking, brain imaging, 'smell tests', etc), but these are still in trial stages at only a few universities and companies and are not yet widely used.
Disorganized schizophrenia (Hebephrenic Schizophrenia) - In this case the person is verbally incoherent and may have moods and emotions that are not appropriate to the situation.
Residual schizophrenia - In this case the person is not currently suffering from delusions, hallucinations, or disorganized speech and behavior, but lacks motivation and interest in day-to-day living.
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 Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a brain illness that severely disrupts the ability to accurately interpret the world the around oneself.
It is important to understand that schizophrenia is not a "split personality" as depicted in the movie "The Three Faces of Eve," nor is it caused by bad parenting or personal weakness.
The diagnosis of schizophrenia is based on both a clinical interview assessing the patient's symptomatological profile and a careful psychiatric history assessing the course and development of the illness.
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 Understanding Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia, one of the most debilitating and baffling mental illnesses, defines a group of disorders that cause distorted thought and perception.
Schizophrenia is neither a "split" personality nor multiple personality disorder, a different and extremely rare problem.
Schizophrenia can vary in intensity, severity and frequency of both psychotic and residual symptoms from person to person.
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 eMedicine - Schizophrenia : Article by Paul S Gerstein, MD
Background: Commonly known as insanity or madness, schizophrenia is a chronic psychotic disorder with onset typically occurring in adolescence or young adulthood.
Easily confused with schizophrenia in their acute presentations, time is required to observe for differences between these disorders in order to make a secure diagnosis, unless the patient's past psychiatric history is already known.
Pathophysiology: Schizophrenia currently is conceptualized as a broad syndrome expressed by a heterogeneous group of brain disorders rather than as a single disease entity.
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 Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling mental illness.
The term schizophrenia is Greek in origin, and in the Greek meant "split mind." This is not an accurate medical term.
Schizophrenia and other mental health disorders have fairly strict criteria for diagnosis.
www.emedicinehealth.com /schizophrenia/article_em.htm   (418 words)

  
 Schizophrenia - causes, mental illness, symptoms, severity, treatment
Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness and patients experience progressive personality changes and a breakdown in their relationships with the outside world.
Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness but it is not true that people who have schizophrenia are very dangerous - this is rarely the case.
Although schizophrenia is treatable, relapses are common and the illness may never fully resolve.
www.patienthealthinternational.com /article/501557.aspx   (484 words)

  
 Schizophrenia
Sometimes the delusions experienced by people with schizophrenia are quite bizarre; for instance, believing that a neighbor is controlling their behavior with magnetic waves; that people on television are directing special messages to them; or that their thoughts are being broadcast aloud to others.
Schizophrenia often affects a person's ability to "think straight." Thoughts may come and go rapidly; the person may not be able to concentrate on one thought for very long and may be easily distracted, unable to focus attention.
Very often, patients with schizophrenia are discharged from the hospital into the care of their family; so it is important that family members learn all they can about schizophrenia and understand the difficulties and problems associated with the illness.
www.fragmentedmind.healthyplace2.com /about.html   (9159 words)

  
 Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia and Delusional Disorder: Merck Manual Home Edition
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by loss of contact with reality (psychosis), hallucinations (usually, hearing voices), delusions (false beliefs), abnormal thinking, flattened affect (restricted range of emotions), diminished motivation, and disturbed work and social functioning.
Schizophrenia is listed by the World Health Organization as the ninth leading cause of disability worldwide and affects about 1% of the population, although pockets where schizophrenia is more or less common have been identified.
Paranoid schizophrenia is characterized by a preoccupation with delusions or auditory hallucinations; disorganized speech and inappropriate emotions are less prominent.
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 Discovery Health :: Schizophrenia Guide
Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disease.
Although schizophrenia affects men and women with equal frequency, the disorder often appears earlier in men, usually in the late teens or early twenties, than in women, who are generally affected in the twenties to early thirties.
People with schizophrenia often suffer terrifying symptoms such as hearing internal voices not heard by others, or believing that other people are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them.
health.discovery.com /centers/mental/schizophrenia/schizophrenia.html   (275 words)

  
 Schizophrenia - an independent review article in Psychiatry on-Line
Schizophrenia is often a chronic relapsing psychotic disorder that primarily affects thought and behaviour.
The general practitioner may be called in to assess new cases of schizophrenia (incidence of 18/10,000 per year), or to provide care for the homeless mentally ill (Timms and Fry, 1989) or to provide long-term cover for rehabilitation or long-stay hostels and for families with members who have schizophrenia.
It is possible that the people who have schizophrenia are a heterogenous group with different areas of their brains affected to varying degrees by neurochemical imbalances, neurodevelopmental problems, genetic defects, viral infections, or perinatal damage amongst other causes.
www.priory.com /schizo.htm   (4986 words)

  
 eMedicine - Schizophrenia : Article by Frances R Frankenburg, MD
The hallmark symptoms of schizophrenia are the experiences of hallucinations, often of the auditory type, as well as delusions.
Most of the deterioration that occurs in patients with schizophrenia occurs in the first 5-10 years of the illness and is usually followed by decades of relative stability, although a return to baseline is unusual.
In retrospect, family members may describe the person with schizophrenia as an individual who was physically clumsy and emotionally aloof during childhood, and one wonders if he or she was experiencing subtle neurological symptoms in his or her youth.
www.emedicine.com /med/topic2072.htm   (7428 words)

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