odd gestures, repeated grimaces, or awkward movements
Diagnosis Diagnosis based upon clinical symptoms Physical tests usually done to rule out other conditions Person must display at least two symptoms of criteria that is listed in the current DSM-IV with each having been present for a considerable amount of time during one-month period Type I vs. Type II
Misconceptions & Misperceptions Depicted as… “Schizos” : villains and fiends? Altar egos : good or bad? Stigmatization Stereotyped Split-personality? Violent Crazy Mad Split-personality?
The puzzle of schizophrenia Genetics Environment Biochemical abnormalities Abnormal brain structure Viral causations
Best Treatment and Why… Antipsychotic medications in conjunction with therapy Group therapy Family therapy Psychotherapy Self-help methods
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