Psychiatry located in Financial District, San Francisco, CA
Schizophrenia is a rare but severe mental illness that can cause hallucinations, delusions, and cognitive disruption. At Psychiatric Excellence in San Francisco, Dr. Goel, a double board-certified psychiatrist, offers expert diagnosis and treatment for Schizophrenia to help you or your loved one lead a fulfilling life. Call Psychiatric Excellence or schedule a consultation online today.
Schizophrenia Q & A
What is schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that affects around 1% of the American population. Schizophrenia is widely misunderstood and, contrary to misconception, doesn’t cause multiple personalities and most people with schizophrenia aren’t dangerous or violent. Schizophrenia alters your interpretation of reality with hallucinations, delusions, and cognitive impairments.
Both men and women can develop schizophrenia. Symptoms tend to emerge earlier in men, usually in their late teens or early 20s.
What are the symptoms of schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia causes episodes where you can’t distinguish between your hallucinations and delusions and reality. You can experience a variety of symptoms, including:
- Psychotic symptoms like auditory and visual hallucinations, paranoid delusions, and distorted beliefs and behaviors
- Inability to communicate, find pleasure, or make or keep plans
- Disorganized symptoms such as confusion, disordered thoughts and speech, illogical thinking, and abnormal movements or behaviors
- Poor attention, concentration, and memory
If you or someone you love are troubled by symptoms that indicate schizophrenia, make an appointment with Dr. Goel. The more quickly you are diagnosed and treated, the less impact schizophrenia has on your overall well-being. Many people with schizophrenia turn to drugs and alcohol to self-medicate, and your risk of self-harm or suicide also increases.
What are the risk factors for schizophrenia?
Psychiatrists and medical researchers are still studying the causes of schizophrenia. It’s believed that your brain chemistry, genetics, and environment contribute to your chances of developing the condition. Other potential risk factors include a family history of schizophrenia or mental illness, increased immune system activation, and pregnancy and birth complications.
How is schizophrenia treated?
There is no cure for schizophrenia, but with compassionate, life-long treatment, you can manage your symptoms and lead an independent and fulfilling life. Dr. Goel provides comprehensive assessments to identify schizophrenia and other physical and mental health issues that could contribute to your symptoms.
As a psychopharmacology expert, Dr. Goel is committed to prescribing the best medicines to control and regulate your symptoms and help you lead a healthy, active, and fulfilling life. In addition to medication, he may recommend lifestyle modifications and additional therapies to improve your quality of life.
Dr. Goel may also refer you to a trusted psychologist for therapeutic care. He believes in providing comprehensive, collaborative care that is fully customized to address your needs.
If you’re concerned about schizophrenia, in yourself or a loved one, call Psychiatric Excellence or make an appointment online today.
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