Schizophrenia

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About Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a serious mental health disorder that affects thinking, feeling, and behavior. A person diagnosed with Schizophrenia may appear as if they are in an alternate reality. This causes a lot of discomfort and distress to the individual, their families, and friends. there is no known cause for Schizophrenia, but research does point to imbalances in the brain chemicals as a possible cause. These chemicals include neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and glutamate. 

Schizophrenia Symptoms

Schizophrenia has three sets of symptoms, called; psychotic or positive symptoms, negative symptoms, and cognitive symptoms. Each person will experience Schizophrenia in a different way, making it very difficult to detect and diagnose. The onset of symptoms is usually around late teens to early thirties, with men showing symptoms much earlier than women. The following symptom details are provided by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Positive Symptoms

Psychotic (or positive) symptoms include altered perceptions (e.g., changes in vision, hearing, smell, touch, and taste), abnormal thinking, and odd behaviors. People with psychotic symptoms may lose a shared sense of reality and experience themselves and the world in a distorted way. Specifically, individuals typically experience: (NIMH)

Negative symptoms

Negative symptoms include loss of motivation, disinterest or lack of enjoyment in daily activities, social withdrawal, difficulty showing emotions, and difficulty functioning normally. Specifically, individuals typically have: (NIMH)

cognitive Symptoms

Cognitive symptoms include problems in attention, concentration, and memory. For some individuals, the cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia are subtle, but for others, they are more prominent and interfere with activities like following conversations, learning new things, or remembering appointments. Specifically, individuals typically experience: (NIMH)

How Florida Psychiatric Services can help with Schizophrenia?

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, Florida Psychiatric Services is here to help. Our team is trained to understand Schizophrenia and the individual needs of the patient. If you need help managing your Schizophrenic symptoms, Florida Psychiatric Services provides:

You do not have to do this alone. Schizophrenia is a serious condition, but it doesn’t have to ruin your life. A solid treatment plan does take time to accomplish, but you are worth it. Set up an appointment today, and our team will give your case the individual care and support you need to enjoy life again.

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