Schizophrenia is the most common psychotic disorder, but it is only one of 12.
When schizophrenia is diagnosed. It is possible that there will be one of the four subtypes of the disorder will be listed on the diagnosis.
- Catatonic Schizophrenia
- Paranoid Schizophrenia
- Disorganized Schizophrenia
- Undifferentiated Schizophrenia
- Residual Schizophrenia
Regardless of which subtype the person is diagnosed with, schizophrenia is a very challenging illness for the person and his/her loved ones because it alters the person’s ability to think clearly, make good judgments, respond emotionally, communicate effectively, and discern what is and what is not real.
When symptoms are severe, people with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders have a great deal of difficulty staying in touch with reality and are often unable to meet the ordinary demands of daily life.
There is no one cause of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. Scientists continue to work diligently to determine the environmental and psychosocial factors that are believed to activate and/or interact with genetic mutations involving hundreds of different genes that disrupt brain development.
The most common environmental and psychosocial factors believed to activate and/or interact with genetic mutations include multi-generational family dynamics and severe or chronic physical and emotional trauma in infancy and childhood.
Fortunately, even the most severe psychotic disorders are treatable.
The earlier schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders are diagnosed and treated appropriately, the better the chance for recovery.
If you believe that you or someone you care about might be suffering from schizophrenia or other forms of psychosis. We can help. You can have control of your life again.