Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Schizophrenia is a complex mental disorder that makes life difficult for those suffering from the condition and their loved ones. Dr. Edward Hill discusses schizophrenia and how to get helped for a loved one suffering from this disorder in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Schizophrenia is a mental illness. People with this disease may:

Hear voices that others dont hear

Think that other people can control their thoughts

Think that people are out to get them

Have trouble making plans, speaking, expressing feelings, or feeling happy, or

Have trouble making decisions, paying attention and remembering.

People with schizophrenia often avoid their friends and family.

Schizophrenia is not split personality or multiple personality. The vast majority of people with this disorder are not violent and do not pose a danger to others. Symptoms of schizophrenia are not the same in each person.

The first signs often include avoiding family and friends, changes in school or job performance, changes in sleep habits and being irritable.

If you think someone in your family has schizophrenia, call your family doctor and describe the symptoms. Your doctor will work with you to get help for your family member. People with schizophrenia do better when they take medicine.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.