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Schizophrenia Support Vancouver WA

Local resource for Schizophrenia Support in Vancouver. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to Schizophrenia, mental health, treatment for schizophrenia, anti-psychosis medications, general practitioner, as well as advice and content on schizophrenia information and mental professionals.

Alexis Hallock, MD
6926 NE Fourth Plain Blvd
Vancouver, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1992

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George Harper Mecouch, DO
1007 Officers Row
Vancouver, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1978

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Stephanie S Richards, MD
(412) 367-3424
4421 NE St Johns Rd
Vancouver, WA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1992

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Afzaal Imam Jafri, MD
(360) 993-3000
1950 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Sind Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1989

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John Paul Clarkin, MD
(206) 254-3429
Vancouver, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Philippines, Coll Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1956

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Valentin Y Avramov, MD
(239) 455-8500
6926 NE Fourth Plain Blvd
Vancouver, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Donetsk Med Inst, Doneck, Ukraine
Graduation Year: 1972

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Karen Ann Vernier, MD
520 SE Columbia River Dr Apt 213
Vancouver, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ Coll Of Human Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1999

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Patrick Kin Yee Chau, MD
(360) 260-8297
5501 NE 109th Ct Ste L1
Vancouver, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oral Roberts Univ Sch Of Med, Tulsa Ok 74137
Graduation Year: 1988

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Daniel Joe Beavers, DO
2008 C St
Vancouver, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1976

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James Louis Reuther, MD
(713) 500-2700
3400 Main St
Vancouver, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1999

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Straight Talk About Schizophrenia

Disorders - Schizophrenia
Written by Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration   

Contrary to the common misconception, schizophrenia does not mean "split or multiple personality." And, although people with schizophrenia often are portrayed as violent on television and in movies, that is seldom the case. Schizophrenia is one of the most disabling and puzzling mental disorders. Just as "cancer" refers to numerous related illnesses, many researchers now consider schizophrenia to be a group of mental disorders rather than a single illness.

How is schizophrenia developed?

Generally, schizophrenia begins in late adolescence or early adulthood. Research indicates a genetic link to the development of schizophrenia. A child who has one parent with schizophrenia, for example, has about a 10 percent chance of developing the illness, compared with a one percent chance if neither parent has schizophrenia. Current research implicates abnormalities in both the brain's structure and biochemical activities. Researchers also tend to agree that environmental influences may be involved in the onset of schizophrenia.

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Symptoms:

Psychotic, or "positive," symptoms include delusions (bizarre thoughts that have no basis in reality); hallucinations (hearing voices, seeing nonexistent things, and experiencing sensations, such as burning, that have no source); and disordered thinking (apparent from a person's fragmented, disconnected and sometimes nonsensical speech). Other "negative" symptoms include social withdrawal, extreme apathy, diminished motivation, and blunted emotional expression.

Formal Diagnosis:

Active symptoms of the illness (such as a psychotic episode) for at least two weeks, with other symptoms lasting six months.

Treatment:

People who have schizophrenia often require medication to control the most troubling symptoms. Antipsychotic medications help bring biochemical imbalances closer to normal. The newer drugs may also be effective for symptoms such as social withdrawal, extreme apathy, and blunted emotional expression. More such drugs are being developed.

Recovery:

After these symptoms are controlled, psychotherapy and self-help groups can assist people who have schizophrenia learn to develop social skills, cope with stress, identify early warning signs of relapse, and prolong periods of remission. In addition, support groups and family therapy can give loved ones a better understanding of the illness and help them provide the compassion and support that play an important role in recovery. The good news is that more many of those who have schizophrenia can work, live in the community or with their families, and enjoy friends if they receive continuous, appropriate treatment. According to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, treatment of schizophrenia is successful in 60 percent of patients.

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What is Schizophrenia?

Disorders - Schizophrenia
Written by National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia   

Schizophrenia is a mental illness which affects one person in every hundred. Schizophrenia interferes with the mental functioning of a person and, in the long term, may cause changes to a person's personality.

First onset is usually in adolescence or early adulthood. It can develop in older people, but this is not nearly as common. Some people may experience only one or more brief episodes in their lives. For others, it may remain a recurrent or life-long condition. The onset of illness may be rapid, with acute symptoms developing over several weeks, or it may be slow, developing over months or even years.

During onset, the person often withdraws from others, gets depressed and anxious and develops extreme fears or obsessions.

What are the symptoms of schizophrenia?

Major symptoms of schizophrenia include:

  • Delusions - false beliefs of persecution, guilt or grandeur or being under outside control. People with schizophrenia may describe plots against them or think they have special powers and gifts. Sometimes they withdraw from people or hide to avoid imagined persecution.
  • Hallucinations - most commonly involving hearing voices. Other less common experiences can include seeing, feeling, tasting or smelling things which to the person are real but which are not actually there.
  • Thought disorder - where the speech may be difficult to follow; for example, jumping from one subject to another with no logical connection. Thoughts and speech may be jumbled and disjointed. The person may think someone is interfering with their mind.

Other symptoms of schizophrenia include:

  • Loss of drive - where often the ability to engage in everyday activities such as washing and cooking is lost. This lack of drive, initiative or motivation is part of the illness and is not laziness.
  • Blunted expression of emotions - where the ability to express emotion is greatly reduced and is often accompanied by a lack of response or an inappropriate response to external events such as happy or sad occasions.
  • Social withdrawal - this may be caused by a number of factors including the fear that someone is going to harm them, or a fear of interacting with others because of a loss of social skills.
  • Lack of insight or awareness of other conditions - because some experiences such as delusions and hallucinations are so real, it is common for people with schizophrenia to be unaware they are ill. For this and other reasons, such as medication side-effects, they may refuse to accept treatment which could be essential for their well-being.
  • Thinking difficulties - a person's concentration, memory, and ability to plan and organise may be affected, making it more difficult to reason, communicate, and complete daily tasks.

What causes schizophrenia?

No single cause has been identified, but several factors are believed to cont...

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What is Schizophrenia? - What treatment is available?

Disorders - Schizophrenia
Written by National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia   

What treatment is available?

The most effective treatment for schizophrenia involves medication, psychological counselling and help with managing its impact on everyday life.

The development of anti-psychosis medications has revolutionised the treatment of schizophrenia. Now, most people can leave hospital and live in the community. Not all people with schizophrenia have to go to hospital and care can be delivered in the community.

These medications work by correcting the chemical imbalance associated with the illness. New but well tested medications are emerging which promote a much more complete recovery with fewer side effects.

Schizophrenia is an illness, like many physical illnesses. For example, just as insulin is a lifeline for a person with diabetes, anti-psychosis medications are a lifeline for a person with schizophrenia. As with diabetes, some people will need to take medication indefinitely to prevent a relapse and keep symptoms under control.

Though there is no known cure for schizophrenia, regular contact with a doctor or psychiatrist and possibly a multidisciplinary team of mental health nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and psychologists can help a person with schizophrenia organise and do the important things in life.

Sometimes, specific therapies directed towards symptoms such as delusions may also be useful. Counselling and support can be helpful for problems with finances, accommodation, work, interaction with others and loneliness. Effective treatment can assist the person in leading a productive life.

Where to go for help

  • Your general practitioner.
  • Your school or university counsellor
  • Your community mental health centre.

For information on services, check the Community Help and Welfare Services and 24-hour emergency numbers in your local telephone directory.

www.health.gov.au/hsdd/mentalhe

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