Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Schizophrenia is a severe brain disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally. It is a chronic, severe and disabling brain disorder. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Schizophrenia is a mental illness. No one knows what causes it, but scientists think that genetics, the environment and brain chemistry may be part of the cause.

The first symptoms are usually changes in school or job performance, changes in sleep patterns, irritability, and avoiding friends and family.

People with schizophrenia may hear or see things that other people cant. They may believe things that are not true. They may have trouble expressing their feelings, making decisions and following through with plans.

About one out of every 100 people gets the illness during their lifetime. Men, women and people of all ethnicities can develop symptoms. People who have family members with schizophrenia have a greater chance of getting the disease. Men usually begin having symptoms in their late teens to early 20s. Women usually start having symptoms in their late 20s to early 30s.

There is no cure. Medicines can help control the symptoms. Counseling and support groups can help. With proper treatment, many people are able to lead normal lives.

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