Schizophrenia: Know The Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Schizophrenia is a chronic mental disorder that can severely interfere with one's life and the people surrounding them. Diagnosing Schizophrenia may be difficult, but understanding the symptoms and causes of Schizophrenia can reduce the stigma and bring forth proper diagnosis and treatment to those affected.

Although the exact causes of schizophrenia are unknown, research suggests that a combination of physical, genetic, psychological and environmental factors can make a person more likely to develop the condition.

There are many symptoms for Schizophrenia, including delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, loss of interest, decrease in emotions, and learning impairments. These symptoms vary within the different categories of Schizophrenia, such as Paranoid, Catatonic, Disorganized, and Residual Schizophrenia.

The most common schizophrenia subtype is Paranoid Schizophrenia, which generally occurs at an older age. Common symptoms of Paranoid Schizophrenia are hearing voices and hallucinations, such as suspicion that others are plotting against them.

Disorganized Schizophrenics will have disorganized thought processes. When asked a question, they may respond with a completely unrelated answer. Disorganized schizophrenics may also have difficulty completing everyday tasks, such as putting on clothes or cooking a meal.

Catatonic schizophrenics may undergo hyperactivity with their movements and responses, such as imitating sounds and emotions they hear in their environment. On another spectrum, catatonic patients could also undergo catatonic stupor, showing a sudden decrease in movement. Oppositely, catatonic schizophrenics could also experience continuous repeated movements for purposeless actions.

When patients are able to return to a capable individual in society and their daily lives and is no longer exhibiting extreme symptoms, they are residual schizophrenics. Many treatments are available to alleviate the symptoms of Schizophrenia, including anti-psychotic medications and psychosocial treatments with psychiatric professional help. Consequently, there are new medications with clinical trials that may work for patients undergoing Schizophrenia.

If clinical trials is something you or someone you know would be interested in, please contact us today to see how we can help. 

References

WebMD, Schizophrenia, An Overview:
http://www.webmd.com/schizophrenia/guide/mental-health-schizophrenia

MedscapeReference, Schizophrenia:
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/288259-overview

Mayo Clinic, Paranoid Schizophrenia:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/paranoid-schizophrenia/DS00862

Mayo Clinic, Disorganized Schizophrenia:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/disorganized-schizophrenia/DS00864

Mayo Clinic, Catatonic Schizophrenia:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/catatonic-schizophrenia/DS00863

 

OPENCLINICA - HOW ARC LEVERAGES THE CLINICAL DATA MANAGEMENT

Sitting at the core of clinical research, digital data management and analytics play a vital role, bringing revolutionary changes to the way we execute and report on clinical trials. Recently, with advances in cognitive computing and analytics, the use of information technology is increasingly impacting clinical research, clinicians, sponsors, and regulators in enabling the delivery of novel treatments and therapies to the community. This week, Advanced Research Center, Inc. (ARC) deployed OpenClinica as an electronic data capture (EDC) platform for study development and execution.

As a supportive force in clinical trials for more than 10 years, OpenClinica allows ARC to move from paper to digital source documents, enabling the remote quality control and performance transparency, and ultimately we will reach zero defect throughout our clinical execution.

In the era of pharmaceutical digitalization, a virtual infrastructure for managing data and providing input for cognitive analytics will be the heart of the advances in clinical research. ARC is proud to be heading toward the future architecture of healthcare and medicine.

WELCOME TO ARC'S NEW WEBSITE

Advanced Research Center is proud to announce the launch of our new website. We created this online presence as a platform for our potential clients and current clients to connect with us. As leaders and pioneers in the clinical trial profession, we are proud of the center we have built. ARC has been putting the well-being of our patients first since we started nearly a decade ago. We are excited to pursue the reputation of the most successful clinical trials center in California.

If you would like to stay connected with us, we encourage you to check back in on our website. We will be continuously working on an update, so come back soon!