Question: What is Type 1 and Type 2 schizophrenia?

“Type I” (positive) schizophrenia was characterized by hallucinations, delusions, and formal thought disorder, with a presumed underlying dopaminergic dysfunction, while patients with “Type II” (negative) schizophrenia displayed social withdrawal, loss of volition, affective flattening, and poverty of speech, presumed ...

What is Type 2 schizophrenia caused by?

Research suggests schizophrenia may be caused by a change in the level of 2 neurotransmitters: dopamine and serotonin. Some studies indicate an imbalance between the 2 may be the basis of the problem. Others have found a change in the bodys sensitivity to the neurotransmitters is part of the cause of schizophrenia.

What is the difference between positive and negative symptoms?

“Positive symptoms are changes in thoughts and feelings that are “added on” to a persons experiences (e.g., paranoia or hearing voices). “Negative” symptoms are things that are “taken away” or reduced (e.g., reduced motivation or reduced intensity of emotion).

Can schizophrenics know they have schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia can be hard to diagnose for a few reasons. One is that people with the disorder often dont realize theyre ill, so theyre unlikely to go to a doctor for help. Another issue is that many of the changes leading up to schizophrenia, called the prodrome, can mirror other normal life changes.

Where do schizophrenics live?

It is estimated that approximately 28% of schizophrenics live independently, 20% live in group homes, and about 25% live with family members. Sadly, the remaining 27% percent are either homeless, living in jails or prisons, or living in hospitals or nursing homes.

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