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Understanding Schizophrenia

by MHT Podcasts

May 24th is observed as World Schizophrenia Day all around the globe. However, this is a disorder that is not understood by many.

Listen to this short podcast where we talk about the causes, symptoms, phases and treatment of Schizophrenia. We also brush upon the DSM-V criteria for the same.

Causes for Schizophrenia:

1. Biopsychosocial Model
2. Dopamine Theory
3. Role of neurotransmitters
4. Genetics
5. Early/Prenatal Infection
6. Autoimmune Disease
Symptoms of Schizophrenia:

1. Positive Symptoms
i. Delusions
ii. Hallucinations
iii. Disorganized Speech
iv. Disorganized Behaviour
v. Catatonic Behaviour

2. Negative Symptoms
i. Apathy
ii. Flat Affect
iii. Alogia; Poverty of speech
iv. Anhedonia; Loss of pleasure from activities that were pleasurable before
v. Avolition; Lack of motivation
Treatment of Schizophrenia

1. Antipsychotic medicines
2. Therapy (Eg. CBT for Psychosis)
3. Psychopharmacology

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