Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Screening
The CAGE-AID questionnaire is a simple test that checks for signs of alcohol dependence. It can be a useful tool that only requires a minute or two of time.
People with schizophrenia, a serious mental illness that affects how a person behaves, feels, and thinks, may lead to stress for caretakers. These symptoms can become crippling and persistent if left untreated. There are treatments available that can help individuals to manage this mental illness and be able to participatein work, school, and relationships.
Usually, schizophrenia is diagnosed in late teen years to early thirties. Typically, males are diagnosed in late adolescence to early twenties and females are diagnosed early twenties to early thirties. Schizophrenia is diagnosed after a psychosis event. These events can consist of changes in hearing, smell, touch, and vision known as hallucinations and delusions. This causes individuals to feel like they are experiencing another world and they lack a sense of reality. These can cause changes in behavior, thinking, and ability to interact with others are the onset symptoms of schizophrenia.
What Contributes to the Development of Schizophrenia?
- Although, an individual can get schizophrenia if it runs in the family. However, this does not mean that every individual in the family with be diagnosed with schizophrenia. There is no singular gene that causes schizophrenia, but the combination of different genes.
Brain Activity and Structure:
- Variations in brain structure, activity, and connections between neurotransmitters may lead to the development of schizophrenia. These variations can begin to develop before birth and the changes that occur to an individual’s brain during puberty may prompt the onset and symptoms of schizophrenia
- The connection between an environmental factors and genetic risks may lead to the development of schizophrenia. Environmental factors include poverty, lack of care before birth, and traumatic surroundings.
To help lessen the strength of psychotic symptoms individuals can take antipsychotic medications. These can be taken daily or through injections that occur once or twice a month.