Schizophrenia, What is it?

By: David Howson

  • What is the characterization or definition of your mental illness?
  • A brain disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally.
  • How many people are affected by your mental illness?
  • It is fairly common, about 200,000 to 3,000,000 people suffer from Schizophrenia in the US each year.
  • How can someone tell if they have your mental illness?
  • Behavioral: disorganized behavior, agitation, lack of restraint, social isolation, repetitive movements, aggression, excitability, self-harm, compulsive behavior, hostility, nonsense word repetition, or hyperactivity
    Cognitive: mental confusion, belief that thoughts aren't one's own, disorientation, belief that an ordinary event has special and personal meaning, false belief of superiority, delusion, amnesia, thought disorder, making things up, memory loss, or slowness in activity and thought
    Psychological: persecutory delusion, hallucination, religious delusion, anxiety, fear, mistrust, depression, paranoia, or hearing voices
    Mood: excitement, anger, inappropriate emotional response, elevated mood, general discontent, inability to feel pleasure, apathy, or feeling detached from self
    Speech: rapid and frenzied speaking, speech impairment, incoherent speech, or circumstantial speech
    Also common: lack of emotional response, impaired motor coordination, or fatigue
  • What treatments exist to treat your mental illness?
  • Prescription: Ziprasidone (Geodon), Chlorpromazine by injection or by mouth, Haloperidol by injection (Haldol) or by mouth, Fluphenazine by injection or by mouth, Aripiprazole (Abilify), Risperidone (Risperdal), Olanzapine by injection or by mouth (Zyprexa), Clozapine (Clozaril), Prochlorperazine, Reserpine, Quetiapine (Seroquel), Benzatropine, Perphenazine, Thioridazine
  • How can people get help for the treatment of your mental illness?
  • Lifestyle: Psychoeducation
    Therapies: Support group, Group psychotherapy, Behavior therapy, Family therapy, Rehabilitation, Cognitive therapy
    Psychiatrist: Treats mental disorders.
    Primary care provider (PCP): Prevents, diagnoses, and treats diseases.
    Clinical psychologist: Treats psychological disorders.
  • What resources are available to help gain knowledge about your mental illness?
  • Doctors are always a great resource as well as sources like the Mayo clinic and others.
  • Statistic:
  • The overall U.S. 2002 cost of schizophrenia was estimated to be $62.7 billion, with $22.7 billion excess direct health care cost ($7.0 billion outpatient, $5.0 billion drugs, $2.8 billion inpatient, $8.0 billion long-term care). (source: Analysis Group, Inc.)


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