Schizophrenia Symptoms & Treatment
Throughout recorded history, the disorder we now know as schizophrenia has been a source of bewilderment. Those suffering from the illness once were thought to be possessed by demons and were feared, tormented, exiled or locked up forever.
In spite of advances in the understanding of its causes, course and treatment, schizophrenia continues to confound both health professionals and the public. It is easier for the average person to cope with the idea of cancer than it is to understand the odd behavior, hallucinations or strange ideas of the person with this condition.
This disorder is better understood as a mental illness that requires ongoing -- often lifetime -- treatment. Demystification of the illness, along with recent insights from neuroscience and neuropsychology, gives new hope for finding more effective treatments for an illness that previously carried a grave prognosis.
Schizophrenia is characterized by a broad range of unusual behaviors that cause profound disruption in the lives of people suffering from the condition, as well as in the lives of the people around them. This condition can strike anyone without regard to gender, race, social class or culture and is typically first diagnosed in a person's 20s.
Types of Schizophrenia
Causes of Schizophrenia
Other Specified Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorder
Psychotherapy & Other Treatments for Schizophrenia
Helpful Hints About Schizophrenia for Family Members
Illuminating 13 Myths of Schizophrenia
When Someone Has Schizophrenia
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 4 Jun 2016
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