Schizophrenia is a brain disorder affecting how people think, feel, and perceive. Its primary symptom is psychosis. People with schizophrenia have lower rates of employment, marriage, and independent living compared with others who do not have this disorder. Schizophrenia is a clinical diagnosis. It must be differentiated from other psychiatric and medical illnesses as well as from disorders such as heavy metal toxicity, adverse effects of drugs, and vitamin deficiencies. Diagnosis requires a very thorough and comprehensive medical psychiatric evaluation.
Treatment is lifelong and requires an integration of medical, psychological, and psychosocial inputs. Do you know key clinical information about schizophrenia, including risk factors, symptoms to watch for, and adverse effects of common treatments? Test yourself with this brief quiz.
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