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 been recently diagnosed with PCOD, but I had a history of physical and emotional abuse, along with mental disorders. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, My mother has had schizophrenia since I was nine, and there has been a history of physical and emotional abuse. It sort of emotionally affected me a lot, and I tried to get help by telling my father when I was 12 years, but he did not take me seriously, and he is a workaholic. I had troub...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand that you had a difficult childhood. However, being in the situations we are in is very stressful and significantly impacts life. Your current situation can result from hormonal issues, traumatic childhood memories, improper parenting, and genetics or here...  Read Full »

How can I cure schizophrenia without drugs?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been diagnosed with schizophrenia and have been prescribed anti-psychotic medication Olanzapine. I have been taking it for 2 to 3 years. I was wondering if there is an alternate route to treatment? Or if there is another solution for a possible cure? I do not want to deal with ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Olanzapine is an antipsychotic medicine. Yes, Olanzapine is available in injectable form. If Olanzapine is causing some effects then it can be changed to other antipsychotic like Aripiprazole, Risperidone or Ziprasidone. You need to take medicines or injectables to keep s...  Read Full »

I am experiencing a troubled life with frequent personality changes. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been experiencing a very unsettled life for many years. First, I was told I had a split personality, and now others are noticing changes in my state of being. I am regressing into a child-like state with anger and anxiety and have a difficult sex life with my husband. I can have...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand what you are going through right now. The conflicts you are facing are a common problem amongst the youth nowadays. The way you are explaining things about yourself, I do not think you have schizophrenia. However, a detailed evaluation is a must. We need ...  Read Full »

My habits of imagining things and self-talking have made me think I suffer from schizophrenia. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a male, and my height is 178 centimeters. I have finished my bachelor's degree at the University, I have a lot of friends, and I do sport often. I am a very cooperative person. Two weeks ago, I stopped my bad habit of standing alone in front of the mirror alone and Imagining things a...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand you are upset, but I would like to tell you that many people do self-talk. They imagine a situation and do a role play, which is normal. On the contrary, it prepares you for the upcoming conditions. The self-talking in schizophrenia is a completely different...  Read Full »

Are my symptoms related to bipolar disorder or schizophrenia?

Query: Hello doctor, Since I was around 8 years old, I have experienced mood fluctuations but not in the normal bipolar way (which I am being tested for). I do not feel like my mood sways between depression and mania. It is always some level of mania but without depression. I also experience tactile hallu...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, your psychiatrist is correct. Bipolar is a more likely diagnosis. Bipolar disorder need not be present with depression and mania both. Recurrent mania also comes under the category of bipolar disorder. In mania, our sensitivity to stimulation increases like colo...  Read Full »

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