Schizophrenia is a medical condition that affects the normal functioning of a person’s brain. Some people do recover and with time some find their symptoms improve, however for many it can be a prolonged illness. Approximately 1 in 100 people will develop it in their lives.
The symptoms can include confused thinking, delusions and hallucinations such as hearing voices that are not actually there.
We don’t yet fully know what causes Schizophrenia but we know that it could be due to a combination of genetics and possible environmental factors, such as the use of drugs.
Schizophrenia is treated using medication and community support programmes. Treatment is necessary to reduce or even eliminate the symptoms.
If you or a family member are concerned about Schizophrenia or would like more information, please pop by and see me in clinic.
Take care and stay healthy 😊
Dr Nora x
Visit minetworks.org.au for more useful information.
If you’re aged between 45 to 49 years old you may be eligible for a free health assessment to help prevent developing a chronic disease.
What does this involve?
A full medical history and examination of your heart, lungs, a blood pressure check and ECG if needed.
The health assessment is for patients who are at risk of developing a chronic disease.
But what is a chronic disease?
This is a condition that has been, or is likely to be present for at least six months, including (but not limited to) asthma, cancer, cardiovascular illness, diabetes mellitus, a mental health condition, arthritis or a musculoskeletal condition.
Drop by my clinic today for your health assessment.
Take care & stay healthy 😊
Dr Nora x
For more information see the Department of Health’s fact sheet