Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder that usually appears when you’re in your 20s. It frequently causes a person to hear voices that others cannot hear or have fixed, false beliefs that cannot be changed by reason or logic.
Schizophrenia can cause a variety of symptoms, including:
To diagnose schizophrenia, Dr. Horne begins by conducting a thorough psychiatric evaluation and ordering lab tests. He will also screen for disorders with similar symptoms, such as depression or drug addiction. He makes a final diagnosis of Schizophrenia if you meet the criteria specified in American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5th edition
Patients with schizophrenia need medication to manage their symptoms. In some cases, more than one type of medication is necessary. The most common type of medication prescribed to patients with Schizophrenia is an antipsychotic.
In addition to medication, patients may need other types of interventions. Other interventions Dr. Horne may recommend include:
At this time, there isn’t a known cure for schizophrenia. If you’re diagnosed with this disorder, you’ll likely continue to deal with it for the rest of your life. However, with the right treatment, you can be a fulfilled, functioning member of society. Treatment must typically continue throughout your life and may change to meet your needs over time.
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