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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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 »
Answer: Hi, Welcome back to icliniq.com. 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 »
I hear inner voice in my head. What is the reason?
Query: Hi doctor, I cannot tell whether I am willing to have voices in my head. I do not know whether my imagination is making up things or whether I am feeling actually on that way. I am unable to tell how I react or feel. For example, if I look at myself in a mirror, I hear a voice saying that I am ugly... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you know that your voice remains imaginary, then it can be a part of anxiety spectrum disorder. If you believe that your voice is real or actual, then it can be an early sign of schizophrenia or depression with some psychotic features. Kindly consult a psychiatri... Read Full »
Will schizophrenic patients with imaginary thinking tend to hurt themselves?
Query: Hello doctor, My partner is schizophrenic. She is not medicated because she does not have health insurance. For the past five days, she has been talking to herself thinking she is having a conversation with others. For the last two days, she has been having episodes thinking that the imaginary p... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, those are symptoms of schizophrenia. It happens due to a chemical imbalance of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. Levels of dopamine are usually increased and medicines will help reduce the level and get it back to normal and restore the balance. Medicines ... Read Full »
Is schizophrenia an inherited disease?
Query: Hello doctor, We are adopting a child through the foster care system and his mother and grandmother were both diagnosed with schizophrenia. We wanted to talk to someone about the risk factors, what it looks like if he does develop it? If there are things we can do to help prevent it? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If one parent has schizophrenia, there is about a 10 or 12 percent chance for the child to develop the same. (90 percent chance of normal child). If at all the child develops, then some early prodromal symptoms will be apparent in late teens to '20s (15 to 25 years)... Read Full »
Will Olanzapine help in delusion and behavioral change in elderly?
Query: Hello doctor, This is about a 71-year-old male. Psychiatrist said that a plain CT scan and another CT scan should be taken with contrast, but after four attempts they could not create channel in his veins, so contrast CT scan of the brain was not done. Plain CT scan of the brain showed: Cortical ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The symptoms you have described, of paranoid ideation, suspiciousness, restlessness, decreased sleep are all indicative of a psychotic type of illness, most probably schizophrenia. It will require treatment from a psychiatrist with antipsychotic medicines. Olanzapin... Read Full »
My uncle has schizophrenia. Will I get the same genetically?
Query: Hello doctor, These past few days I have been bad as I have focused back on my schizophrenia obsession. It mainly focuses on times I have been paranoid, or times I have visualized things as something else. Examples: when slacking off at work thinking, what if there are cameras in the office or inte... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for such a detailed history. It makes things very clear. I will sum up the main clinching reason why you do not have schizophrenia. You have insight. Means you know what is wrong with you and you can attribute a reasonable logical cause to this and know wh... Read Full »