Psychiatric Associates of North Texas, PA
Psychiatrists & Counselors located in Frisco, TX
Schizophrenia, a lifelong brain disorder that causes people to interpret reality abnormally, affects approximately 1% of the population. Although symptoms can be severe and quite disabling, ongoing treatment leads to great improvement. At Psychiatric Associates of North Texas, PA in Frisco, Texas, Dr. Rubina Shakil is dedicated to helping the people affected by this disorder. If you live in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth community, call for a consultation today.
Schizophrenia is considered a chronic brain disorder, meaning it’s present for life and has no known cure. Although signs and symptoms vary from person to person, common symptoms include having paranoid, delusional thoughts, seeing or hearing things that don’t exist through hallucinations, and having an exaggerated or distorted perception of reality. Other symptoms are:
- An inability to initiate plans, express emotion, or find pleasure
- Strange behavior accompanied by abnormal movement
- Confused or disordered thinking and speech
- Problems focusing and remembering
Schizophrenia is rarely diagnosed in children or teens, even if some early signs or symptoms can be seen. In most cases, symptoms first appear in early adulthood. Symptoms vary in severity, going into remission or becoming more severe over time.
What causes the disease?
Researchers don’t yet know exactly what causes schizophrenia, but they do believe that genetics, brain chemistry, and environment may play a combined role in its development. Certain factors increase your risk of developing the disease, including:
- A family history of the disease
- Having an older father
- Malnutrition or exposure to toxins in utero or at birth
- Increased immune system activity (from chronic inflammation or an autoimmune disease)
- Taking mind-altering drugs as a teenager or young adult
How can treatment help?
Because people with schizophrenia typically lack awareness about their condition, it’s often up to family or friends to help them seek the treatment they require to live a full, productive life. Psychiatric treatment can be the difference between life and death for someone with schizophrenia. If left untreated, people with this brain disorder are more likely to self-harm, develop anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorders, become depressed, isolate themselves from others, abuse alcohol or drugs, or think about or attempt suicide. Along with other supports, psychiatric therapy helps patients cope with stress, identify impending relapse signs, learn social skills, and develop the life-management skills they need to become self-sufficient.
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