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Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental (brain) disorder that creates a divide between the patient’s perception and reality. The causes of the disease are a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Those suffering from schizophrenia may hear voices that are...

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Risperdal is the brand name of risperidone, a drug sometimes prescribed by mental health professionals for the treatment of schizophrenia and some problems associated with bipolar disorder. It falls within a class of drugs called “antipsychotics,” and may be taken by mouth (orally) or injection...
Invega, the trade name for paliperidone, is a prescription drug used to treat schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder in adults and adolescents. Taken as an extended-release tablet, the drug may be prescribed separately or in conjunction with other mood-stabilizing drugs and therapy or...
Medications Some medications can help reduce symptoms that cause problems for your child in school or at home. Many other medications may be prescribed off-label, meaning they have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a certain use or for certain people. Doctors may...
Treatments While there's no proven cure yet for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), treating ASD early, using school-based programs, and getting proper medical care can greatly reduce ASD symptoms and increase your child's ability to grow and learn new skills. Early intervention Research has shown that...
If you’ve ever wondered how to effectively deal with mental illness, Jessie Close has a lot to tell you. Her new book, Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness, offers a heartbreaking, honest description of her 40 years of personal experience. Jessie, the sister of actress Glenn Close...
Many experts agree that smartphones can hinder the circadian rhythm making it hard to fall asleep, but they are also great sources of information and mental stimulation. Learning new skills helps to build neural pathways, which helps keep you sharp mentally. Also, smartphones give users access to a breadth of information that can help with many mental health issues. Your phone could be a part of your mental health routine. Here's how.
Interacting with a schizophrenic can sometimes be difficult if he or she is having trouble paying attention or understanding. The key to communicating is staying calm. Listen actively just as you would any other person - remember just because someone suffers from schizophrenia, they are still human and should be treated as any other person. Here are ten things you should avoid saying to someone who has schizophrenia.

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