How do doctors diagnose and treat schizophrenia?
If left untreated, schizophrenia can lead to extreme isolation, depression, anxiety disorders, homelessness, and (in extreme cases) suicide.
A psychiatrist will be able to diagnose a person with schizophrenia if they’ve experienced some or all of the symptoms for more than a month. To confirm the diagnosis, the doctor may perform the following tests:
Physical examination. A doctor will do a physical assessment of the patient to rule out other possible causes. A doctor may also do an MRI or CT scan.
Psychiatric evaluation. A mental health professional will perform a rigorous psychiatric evaluation to get a good grip on the person’s emotional and mental state.
For the management of schizophrenia, doctors can prescribe medications and therapy. The medication can come in the form of anti-psychotics, antidepressants, or anti-anxiety drugs to help a person manage the severity of symptoms. Additionally, people with schizophrenia can benefit from psychotherapy. Likewise, family therapy can also be an option for those who want to be efficient caretakers for family members with schizophrenia.