Schizophrenia Library

  • Schizophrenia and Violence
    News and entertainment media tend to link mental illness and criminal violence; however, studies indicate that except for those persons with a record of criminal violence before becoming ill, and those with substance abuse or ...
  • Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse
    Substance abuse is a common concern of the family and friends of people with schizophrenia. Since some people who abuse drugs may show symptoms similar to those of schizophrenia, people with schizophrenia may be mistaken ...
  • Psychosocial Treatments for Schizophrenia
    Antipsychotic drugs have proven to be crucial in relieving the psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia — hallucinations, delusions, and incoherence — but are not consistent in relieving the behavioral symptoms of the disorder. Even when patients ...
  • Overview of Treatment for Schizophrenia
    Most people who have schizophrenia do not experience a complete remission of symptoms. However, this disorder can be managed by a combination of psychosocial therapies and medications. A psychiatrist, who attends to the biological or ...
  • All About Schizophrenia
    Schizophrenia occurs in about 1 percent of the general U.S. population. That means that more than 3 million Americans suffer from the illness. The disorder manifests itself in a broad range of unusual behaviors, which ...
  • An Introduction to Schizophrenia
    Throughout recorded history, the disease 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 ...
  • About Taking Medications for Schizophrenia
    Antipsychotic medications reduce the risk of future psychotic episodes in patients who have recovered from an acute episode. Even with continued drug treatment, some people who have recovered will suffer relapses. Far higher relapse rates ...
  • Medications for Schizophrenia
    Antipsychotic medications have been available since the mid-1950s. They have greatly improved the outlook for individual patients. These medications reduce the psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia and usually allow the patient to function more effectively and ...
  • Helpful Hints about Schizophrenia for Family Members and Others
    People with schizophrenia often encounter challenges when it comes to their friends and family. Family often try and cope with someone who has schizophrenia for a period of time, but can become frustrated by their ...
  • The Differences Between Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Multiple Personality Disorder
    Sometimes people confuse three mental disorders, only one of which could be referred to as "common" within the population -- bipolar disorder (also known as manic-depression), schizophrenia, and multiple personality disorder (also known by its ...
  • Antipsychotic Medications
    Medications for Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders A person who is psychotic is out of touch with reality. People with psychosis may hear "voices" or have strange and illogical ideas (for example, thinking that others can hear ...
  • A Troubled Childhood
    I started out as a very troubled child. I had many problems and brushes with the law because of it. I was constantly battling my parents because I thought I was always right. School ...
  • Only 16
    I am currently 16 years old and live in New Jersey. When I was 6 years old, my parents got a divorce and I moved around New Jersey and New York State a few times. ...
  • Losing My Mind
    I was born three months premature, along with my twin sister. I guess you could say that I was a fighter from the start, weighing in at only 1 lb. 9 oz. I was ...
  • Schizophrenia’s Voice
    I would perhaps start with explaining that everything that I say is honest and true, the reason being that some of it may be unbelievable, but then I find many of the stories I have ...
  • Do People Inherit Schizophrenia?
    One possible cause of schizophrenia may be heredity, or genetics. Researchers believe that some people may inherit a tendency to schizophrenia. In fact, the disorder tends to run in families, but only among blood relatives. People ...
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Schizophrenia
    What is schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is a mental illness, but is sometimes incorrectly referred to as a "brain disease." It is officially classified by researchers as a mental disorder, not a medical disease, because there is no ...
  • Undifferentiated Schizophrenia
    The undifferentiated subtype is diagnosed when people have symptoms of schizophrenia that are not sufficiently formed or specific enough to permit classification of the illness into one of the other subtypes. The symptoms of any ...
  • Residual Schizophrenia
    This subtype is diagnosed when the patient no longer displays prominent symptoms. In such cases, the schizophrenic symptoms generally have lessened in severity. Hallucinations, delusions or idiosyncratic behaviors may still be present, but their ...
  • Post-Schizophrenic Depression
    Post-schizophrenia depression describes a depressive episode that arises in the aftermath of a schizophrenic illness. Some schizophrenic symptoms may still be present but no longer dominate the clinical picture. These persisting schizophrenic symptoms may ...
  • Catatonic Schizophrenia
    The predominant clinical features seen in the catatonic subtype of schizophrenia involve disturbances in a person's movement. Affected people may exhibit a dramatic reduction in activity, to the point that voluntary movement stops, as in ...
  • Disorganized Schizophrenia
    As the name implies, this subtype's predominant feature is disorganization of the thought processes. As a rule, hallucinations and delusions are less pronounced, although there may be some evidence of these symptoms. These people may ...
  • Paranoid Schizophrenia
    The defining feature of the paranoid subtype is the presence of auditory hallucinations or prominent delusional thoughts about persecution or conspiracy. However, people with this subtype may be more functional in their ability to work ...
  • Cannabis is linked to schizophrenia in predisposed individuals
    Cannabis has long been thought to increase the risk of developing schizophrenia. However, the evidence is still not fully conclusive. The first study on schizophrenia and cannabis took place in Jamaica in the 1960, when ...
  • Recovered, Not Cured: A Journey Through Schizophrenia
    Richard McLean has written a fascinating book on schizophrenia entitled, 'Recovered, Not Cured, a journey through schizophrenia', published by Allen and Unwin in 2003 in Australia. It has received a highly commended in the Human ...