Schizophrenia is a chronic
and disabling brain disease. People with schizophrenia often suffer terrifying
episodes of hearing internal voices not heard by others, or believing that
other people are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting
to harm them. These symptoms may leave them fearful and withdrawn. Their
speech and behavior can be so disorganized that they may be incomprehensible
or frightening to others.
Some people have only one episode; others have many episodes during a lifetime,
but lead relatively normal lives during the interim periods. However, the
individual with "chronic" schizophrenia, or a continuous or recurring
pattern of illness, often does not fully recover normal functioning and
typically requires long-term treatment, generally including medication,
to control the symptoms. Available treatments can relieve many symptoms,
but most people with schizophrenia continue to suffer some symptoms throughout
Approximately 1 percent of the population develops schizophrenia during
their lifetime - more than 2 million Americans suffer from the illness
in a given year.
There is now significan't emphasis on early diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia.
The initial episode often requires hospitalization. Medications and other
treatments for schizophrenia can help reduce and control the distressing
symptoms of the illness.
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- What are the most common symptoms
- Are there any recognized risk factors
for developing schizophrenia?
- What kinds of medical tests are
used to establish the diagnosis of schizophrenia?
- What is the current standard of
care for the treatment of schizophrenia?
- What treatment options are available
for the management of schizophrenia?
- Are there any promising new developments
or potential breakthroughs in treatment?
- Who are the most notable medical
authorities who specialize in schizophrenia?
- Where are the leading hospitals
and centers of research for schizophrenia?
- What are the most important questions
to ask my doctor about schizophrenia?
This MediFocus Guide contains an extensive listing of citations and abstracts of recent journal
articles that have been published about this condition in trustworthy medical
journals. This is the same type of information that is available to physicians
and other health care professionals. A partial selection of journal articles
that are abstracted in this MediFocus Guide includes:
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- Schizophrenia epigenesis?.
Theoretical Medicine & Bioethics. 2000
- Depression in schizophrenia: perspective
in the era of "Atypical" antipsychotic agents.
American Journal of Psychiatry. 2000
- Patient education in schizophrenia:
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 2000
- Family interventions in schizophrenia
and related disorders: a critical review of clinical trials.
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 2000
- Guideline for the pharmacotherapy
of treatment-resistant schizophrenia. Royal College of Psychiatrists of
Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand. 2000
- Intrinsic excitatory connections
in the prefrontal cortex and the pathophysiology of schizophrenia.
Brain Research Bulletin. 2000
- The imbalanced brain: from normal
behavior to schizophrenia.
Biological Psychiatry. 2000
- Drugs with estrogen-like potency
and brain activity: potential therapeutic application for the CNS.
Current Pharmaceutical Design. 2000
- Schizophrenia as a disorder of
developmentally reduced synaptic connectivity.
Archives of General Psychiatry. 2000
- Addiction and schizophrenia.
European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists.
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