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What is Schizophrenia?

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, you probably know just how overwhelming it can be. We are here for you.

Schizophrenia can be a debilitating diagnosis for those who have it and for their loved ones.

It is a complex condition that affects multiple aspects of one’s overall mental and physical health and well-being. When you think about schizophrenia, you may think of hallucinations, delusions or disorganized thoughts. While those are often common among those with schizophrenia, there is also a lot more to unpack that many may not be aware of.

So, what is schizophrenia exactly? In their article “What is Schizophrenia?” the American Psychiatric Association (APA) defines the condition as “A chronic brain disorder that affects less than one percent of the U.S. population. When schizophrenia is active, symptoms can include delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, trouble with thinking and lack of motivation. However, with treatment, most symptoms of schizophrenia will greatly improve and the likelihood of a recurrence can be diminished (APA, 2020).”

The APA article goes on to explain how schizophrenia symptoms can consist of three different categories: Positive symptoms, negative symptoms, and disorganized symptoms.

● Positive symptoms refer to symptoms such as hallucinations or hearing voices.

● Negative symptoms can include becoming disinterested in usual daily activities and/or having difficulty expressing one’s emotions.

● Disorganized symptoms can include distorted thinking, confusion, involuntary or unusual movements, and other behavioral symptoms.

While this is by no means a complete list of schizophrenia symptoms, these are some of the common symptoms to be aware of. It is also important to note that schizophrenia can affect just about anyone. It is commonly thought to be a condition that only affects the older population. While it is more common among that population, young adults may be diagnosed with schizophrenia as well.

Additionally, while there is no cure for schizophrenia, many people are able to find relief through treatment with medication. If you or a loved one is struggling with schizophrenia or are struggling to find a treatment plan that works well for you, we want you to know that you are not alone and that help is out there. We participate in FDA approved clinical trials for schizophrenia providing hope for new medications for those who are struggling. If you are seeking alternative treatment options for yourself or someone you love, give us a call at 610-891-7200 to discuss your eligibility for one of our research studies.

 

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