Symptoms And Diagnosis Of Schizophrenia Essay

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What is schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects you mind and thoughts. It can affect the way we live our lives. 1 in a 100 people have schizophrenia, it’s a very common illness.
The first stage is the prodromal phase. During this phase things, can change like your sleep, emotions, and the ability to think. When you are sick it’s called an acute episode. When you have an acute episode, you would feel the emotions: panic, anger or even depression. If you not aware or prepared you have schizophrenia is could be shocking and scary.
How is Schizophrenia diagnosed?
You can’t diagnose someone with schizophrenia by a blood test or any form of scan. A psychiatrist can do a diagnosis by doing a full psychiatric assessment. They use manuals to identify mental illnesses. The main manuals that are used are: -
• International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) produced by the World Health Organisation (WHO)
• Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) produced by the American Psychiatric Association.
• Doctors in the NHS use the ICD-10

To make a diagnosis they need to know which symptoms you’ve had, how long you’ve had them for and the manuals help decide if you have a mental illness or not. A doctor will only diagnosis you if you’ve had the symptoms for over 1 month but before they say you have schizophrenia they will diagnosis you with a psychotic disorder or psychosis.

The symptoms of schizophrenia can be positive and negative. Positive
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