Schizophrenia is a disease that makes it hard to think clearly, manage emotions, and interact with other people. It can cause:
The disease may change your ability to enjoy life, express emotions, or function. At times, you may hear voices, behave strangely, have trouble speaking or understanding speech, or keep to yourself.
The goal of treatment is to lower your stress and help your brain function normally. You may need lifelong treatment with medicines and counselling to keep your schizophrenia under control.
When psychosis is not treated, the risks are higher for suicide, a hospital stay, and other problems. Early treatment may help a person who is having his or her first episode of psychotic thoughts. Ask your doctor about early treatment.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: December 7, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
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