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Thursday, October 11, 2012
10:04 AM | Posted by Peter Lunk | | Edit Post
Most people consider caffeine to be a relatively harmless drug. In fact, many people might not even consider caffeine to be a drug at all. However, caffeine can cause a host of mental and physical problems when consumed in excess. According to a review published in 2005 in the journal "Advances in Psychiatric Treatment," most practitioners don't ask about caffeine intake when performing psychiatric assessments, despite the fact that caffeine may exacerbate psychotic and other psychiatric symptoms.
Schizophrenia is a chronic, debilitating mental health disorder that affects around 2.4 million Americans, according to the 2005 National Comorbidity Survey-Replication. Symptoms of schizophrenia can range from mild to severe, involving delusions and hallucinations. People with schizophrenia generally suffer from thought disorder, meaning that they have trouble organizing and putting their thoughts into words. They also tend to exhibit inappropriate, child-like behaviors or extreme agitation, and often withdraw socially. Schizophrenia also causes emotional flatness, meaning that patients have little or no interest in regular activities. People with schizophrenia may neglect personal hygiene, forgetting to shower or bathe for days or weeks. Sometimes, schizophrenia can result in symptoms of depression or mood swings. Because it is a chronic, incurable disease, patients must rely on medication for symptom relief and management. However, many patients do not want to take medication because of their serious, although rare, side effects. Psychotherapy and social interventions may also be beneficial for schizophrenics.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
11:51 AM | Posted by Peter Lunk | | Edit Post