Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Treatment for schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe disability and sickness in the brain. Approximately one percent of the population develops schizophrenia during their lifetime C for more than two million Americans suffer from the disease in a given year. Despite the fact that men and women with schizophrenia who are also affected, the disease usually appears earlier in men, usually in late teens or early twenties, women suffer more often twenty to thirty early.

How is schizophrenia diagnosed?

Currently there are no physical or laboratory tests for the diagnosis of schizophrenia clearly C is usually a psychiatrist makes the diagnosis with clinical symptoms. Physical examination can exclude many other conditions (seizure disorders, metabolic disorders, thyroid dysfunction, brain tumor, the effects of drug use, and so on), sometimes as symptoms.

What causes schizophrenia?

Although the exact causes of schizophrenia is unknown, experts agree that schizophrenia develops as a result of interaction between biological systems (eg, inheritance of certain genes) and environmental factors. These lines of research begin to converge, to: disorders of brain development is probably the result of pregnancy and the genetic and environmental stressors early) development (or in early childhood, leading to subtle changes in the brain. Environmental factors later in development can cause brain damage or further increase the risk of schizophrenia or reduce the expression of genetic disorders or the development of the nervous system, thus reducing the risk of schizophrenia.

There is also considerable overlap in drug for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (manic depression).
There are two categories of drugs (a prospect Laymans), traditional neuroleptics (Haldol, etc.) and new atypical antipsychotics that have come in the last ten years (Clozapine, Geodon, Seroquel, Risperdal, Zyprexa, Abilify, etc. ..) Do not concerned or their carers and support groups are in contact with others, to listen online and personal successes and problems with various medications. It is also a good idea, as much as possible about the available medications and talk to a psychiatrist to read medicine, which can be determined.
It should be noted that both the older and newer medications can greatly help a person suffering from schizophrenia, all have side effects, depending on the individual. Not available drugs, unfortunately, is a real cure for schizophrenia.

A natural cure for schizophrenia?

Although the results vary from positive to negative, the survey shows that people with schizophrenia may experience a reduction in symptoms when capsules of fish oil rich in EPA (a type of omega-3 fatty acids) in the form of oil. It is essential for the type of oil you use caution, since not all fish oil is effective. Researchers at the University of Sheffield says: What people really should aspire to be the amount of EPO to buy fish oil that support them.
An article reviewing the research in the Journal of Drugs in 2005, said: The evidence so far, the use of adjuvant therapy [ie not responding, except neuroleptics] omega-3 fatty acids in managing treatment of depression and schizophrenia. Since these conditions are at increased risk for coronary heart disease and diabetes, omega-3 fatty acids should also benefit from the physical condition of the patient. (Drugs, 2005? Associated 65 (8) :1051-9).

Fats and oils from fish from them, contain two omega-3 fatty acids are biologically active EPA and DHA. There may be good theoretical reasons, so important in the brain. However, for schizophrenia, to gather evidence that the EPA, which is really useful and DHA may, in this context would be beneficial.

The best evidence comes from a study at Sheffield University by Dr Malcolm Peet and his colleagues. We conducted a study in patients with chronic, partial, patients with treatment-resistant schizophrenia. These patients continued to receive their existing drugs. It was then a double-blind, randomized basis either a placebo or high-EPA fish oil from sardines or anchovies, or high DHA fish oil obtained from tuna. Planned in other words, all the treatments so that patients nor the doctors knew the patients treated by the end of the case broke the code. If the code was broken, the results were very clear.

Other studies have also shown that the same EPA-rich oil used in the Sheffield study is very useful to improve symptoms, even among those with a short history of schizophrenia. It seems that the best oils to use for these fish are rich in EPA.

They accepted them completely results from the association of schizophrenia in Great Britain, EPA is fish oil and other dietary supplements on a daily basis to justify treating this condition.

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