The site is edited by a retired psychiatrist who has looked after someone with the schizophrenia condition, at home, affected by the negative form of schizophrenia, for the last twenty years.
[ a limited general psychiatry section links]
Dealing with the NHS Services
To understand Schizophrenia.
Carers and those who live day to day with the illness have no doubts that it is in an illness.
There is a break change in observed behaviour from before, sometime placing the person in alien behaviour, to their disadvantage, which they are unable to reverse themselves to regain the previous state.
The illness continues on it's 'course' with the same pattern of behaviour and misbelief, as an autonomous system, isolating the person from others, who cannot identify with the changed behaviour by using their own experience to understand it.
It is a mental illness, arising out of an adverse change in the function of the brain, the organ of the mind .
That change is a failure to sustain neurogenesis in the hippocampus area of the brain. At the age this happens schizophrenia follows. In schizophrenia the hippocampus area of the brain either is not carrying enough stem cells; or, it is not turning stem cells into enough new cells
Without enough new cells [neurogenesis] in the hippocampus, what is going on outside is not always fully attended to, nor is irrelevant material kept out, but sometimes is treated as necessary, taken to be dealt with as information that has a personal significance.
Working memory is what keeps being drawn upon from accumulated experience to cope with what crops up in day-to-day livimg choices.
'Basic' Psychiatry anxiety
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