Schizophrenia is a severe and chronic mental illness that makes people interpret reality abnormally. It is characterized by delusions, hallucinations, paranoia, disorganized thinking, and disordered behavior. It is usually treated with a combination of antipsychotic drugs and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

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I have intrusive and aggressive thoughts after watching violent movies. Does it mean I have schizophrenia?

Query: Hello doctor, Are violent video games and other visual entertainment terrible for people with schizophrenia, or does it depend from person to person? For example, I possibly have mild to medium schizophrenia that manifests in foolish and intrusive thoughts. I did not observe being affected by violen...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for consulting with us. A person who has schizophrenia has difficulty differentiating between virtual and real life. People suffering from mild symptoms will not have any problem with video games or violent movies. However, a schizophrenic patient gets violent ...  Read Full »

Can I reduce the dose of Risperidone or stop after taking it for six years and recovering from schizophrenia?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with schizophrenia six years ago and was prescribed with tablet Risperidone 4 mg. I did not have any illusions or hallucinations after taking medicine regularly. The dosage gradually decreased, and I am taking Risperidone 1 mg regularly and feeling well. There are no il...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I think you have schizophrenia, and your condition becomes stable after taking the tablet Risperidone 1 mg. I suggest you taper off your medication, but if your symptoms start repeating, you need to rebuild your dose. I suggest you take the tablet Risperidone 0.5 mg ...  Read Full »

Do I need to continue Arpizol and Pacitane for schizophrenia?

Query: Hi doctor, I was diagnosed with schizophrenia before 7 years. I used to take Sulpitac early in the treatment and then I was prescribed Nexipride for a year. For the last three years, I am taking Arpizol 10 mg and Pacitane 2 mg. My age is 30 now and I want to get out of schizophrenia as soon as possi...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Schizophrenia is a chronic neuropsychiatric illness with changes in behavior, thought, perception and a lot of other psychiatric symptoms. Sulpitac (Amisulpride), Nexipride (Levosulpiride) and Arpizol (Aripiprazole) are antipsychotic dru...  Read Full »

My father has dystonia, delusion, and auditory hallucinations. Please tell me how long to continue medication?

Query: Hello doctor, My father's dystonia started suddenly, and he has tremors and stiffness in his right hand. Also, his neck has been pulling backward continuously for two years. He is diagnosed with dystonia two years back, and he has been taking Pacitane 2 mg three tablets daily for two years. But in ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your father has to take medications for at least six months. Your father has schizophrenia. He has to take medication for a long time. You can go for nasal polyp surgery with medications. You just need to inform your surgeon about his medication. Thank you.  Read Full »

Will the absence of periods affect a person on mediation for schizophrenia and anxiety?

Query: Hi doctor,Previously, I was prescribed Solian 50 mg and Lorans 1 mg to treat schizophrenic thoughts and anxiety. I was stable on taking it. After a few months, I do not have my periods and my doctor prescribed me Abilify 5 mg and Lorans 1 mg. After changing medications, I start to wake up at night a...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The absence of periods will not affect you. Once when you stop taking antipsychotics, then your periods will get started in the future. It is a subjective effect of medication. If you are stable on Solian (Amisulpride), then it is better to continue taking that medicati...  Read Full »

Please suggest a treatment for feeling sad and depressed all the time.

Query: Dear doctor, I am a 21 year old male. I feel quite sad and depressed. I do not even want to perform daily routine. My life is monotonous. I get a lot of negative thoughts. I am so lazy and feel like I do not want to live. I am weak and I lack concentration. I do not feel like going out of my house....  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Symptoms that are commonly present in a depressed patient are: Sad mood. Disturbance of sleep. Disturbance of appetite. Feeling of inappropriate guilt. Loss of interest in previously pleasurable activities. Loss of self-esteem. Hopelessness or worthlessness. L...  Read Full »

Suffering from anxiety attacks which are of a sudden onset.I am a schizophrenia and heart attack patient.

Query: Dear Doctor, I am being treated for Schizophrenia which was diagnosed 10 years back, and suffered heart attack during December 2013. I underwent angioplasty (PTCA + Stent) during the same month. I was taking psychiatric drug Sizopin 200mg before the attack; and was asked to abruptly stop the drug af...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: HI, Thanks for posting a query at icliniq. I assume that you are having good life with current medicines baring anxiety attacks. The possible reason for your anxiety attacks are: Current medication- Can you outline the onset of anxiety attacks after starting one or another medication that you are...  Read Full »

I have a doubt about the dosage of Sulpitac for schizophrenia. Please help.

Query: Hello Doctor, My brother (aged 18 years) has schizophrenia since two years. (Note : My father has schizophrenia who is under medication for nearly 25 to 30 years). The tablets prescribed by the doctor were Mirtaz 15 and Sulpitac 50. During this period he had an increased appetite and was obese. He ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hi, Thanks for posting your query at icliniq. After going through the detailed history of your brother, it seems that he is suffering from schizophrenia and he responds fairly to Sulpitac. It is also obvious that he had acute exacerbation of his illness after going through some sort of stressor (e...  Read Full »

Are cognitive symptoms after psychotic episode permanent?

Query: Hi doctor,Are the cognitive symptoms (lower IQ, difficulty with abstract thinking and empathy) after a psychotic episode (schizoaffective disorder) permanent?  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. Cognitive issues in schizoaffective disorder are not permanent. With symptomatic improvement in core psychotic symptoms, the cognitive symptoms revert. I cannot comment on IQ (intelligence quotient), but yes, ...  Read Full »

For schizophrenia, what medications should be taken without it affecting the professional life?

Query: Hi doctor, I have schizophrenia, and I am on medication. My query relates to how much medication I should take to have the least impact on my professional life. My earlier symptoms were related to auditory hallucinations, and these were handled through medication and a visit to the rehabilitation c...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth N. Nagda

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to Could you let me know if you still have any symptoms, or are you doing completely well with the medicines? I think you have mentioned for the past year you are doing fine. So I am assuming you do not have any symptoms now. The tablet Asprito 40 mg, which you are...  Read Full »

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