Adult Schizophrenia

Below you will find more information about Adult Schizophrenia from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Adult Schizophrenia it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Adult Schizophrenia and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Adult Schizophrenia comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Adult Schizophrenia is considered to be one of the most complex of all identified mental health disorders. It is characterized by a severe and chronic, often disabling disturbance of the person's brain that causes distorted thinking, unusual strange feelings and disturbed behavior and use of language.

Diagnosis

Schizophrenia in children and adolescents are commonly diagnosed by a qualified psychiatrist, mental health professionals.

Treatment

Treatment will take into consideration the age, overall health, as well as the medical history of the patient. Assessment will also include the extent of the condition, the type of schizophrenia, and the tolerance to medications. Since this condition is categorized as one of the major psychotic behavior, medications involve stabilizing agents and therapy.

Symptoms and Signs

Early warning signs of adult schizophrenia include the distorted perception of reality, confusion, bizarre thoughts, hallucinations, extreme mood swings, anxiety and fearfulness, social withdrawal, mood behavior, delusions and catatonic behavior.

Causes

There is still no known single underlying cause responsible for the development schizophrenia. It is believed to be brought about by a chemical imbalance of the brain that may be an inherited factor. However, it is believed that there are three factors associated to the development of schizonphrenia which includes environmental, genetic and other multifactorial traits.

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