schizophrenia

noun
schizo·​phre·​nia | \ ˌskit-sə-ˈfrē-nē-ə How to pronounce schizophrenia (audio) \

Definition of schizophrenia

1 medical : a mental illness that is characterized by disturbances in thought (such as delusions), perception (such as hallucinations), and behavior (such as disorganized speech or catatonic behavior), by a loss of emotional responsiveness and extreme apathy, and by noticeable deterioration in the level of functioning in everyday life

Note: Schizophrenia often involves an inability to orient oneself with reality, a withdrawal from social interactions, and a failure to integrate thoughts with emotions so that emotional expression is inappropriate. There are several subtypes of schizophrenia, including paranoid schizophrenia and those types marked by catatonia or hebephrenia.

2 : contradictory or antagonistic qualities or attitudes both parties … have exhibited schizophrenia over the desired outcome— Elizabeth Drew

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Other Words from schizophrenia

schizophrenic \ ˌskit-​sə-​ˈfre-​nik How to pronounce schizophrenic (audio) \ adjective or noun
schizophrenically \ ˌskit-​sə-​ˈfre-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce schizophrenically (audio) \ adverb

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There is no cure for schizophrenia, but symptoms can be managed with psychotherapy and antipsychotic medications, such as Seroquel (which, again, Carter is currently taking), per the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Aaron Carter Reveals He Has Multiple Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Bipolar Disorder on 'The Doctors'," 11 Sep. 2019 Acadia also experienced a setback in July, with the failure of a clinical trial of Nuplazid as an add-on treatment for schizophrenia. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Positive results bring early halt to trial of dementia psychosis drug Nuplazid," 9 Sep. 2019 McVicker, who is from Punta Gorda but lives in his truck, is under treatment and according to his mother is on medication for schizophrenia, FBI Special Agent Ketrick Kelley said in an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Alabama. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Feds: Florida man was ‘thinking about’ a church attack," 20 Aug. 2019 Last month, clinical psychologist Daniel Freeman of the University of Oxford and his colleagues launched a clinical trial of gameChange, the biggest such trial to date of a VR treatment for schizophrenia. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "Can an Illusory World Help Treat Psychosis’s Real-World Delusions?," 2 Aug. 2019 In 1969, a year after the attack (which led to Solanas being hospitalized for schizophrenia), Warhol posed for a photograph, his shirt rolled up to display the evidence of his surgeries. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "“Valerie” Is an Extraordinary Love Letter to a Radical Feminist," 1 Aug. 2019 The story revolves around a young woman genetically at risk for schizophrenia who risks her freedom, sanity, and first love to save the life of an elephant calf. Nancy Richardson Fischer, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Power of Not Naming My Disorder," 3 Dec. 2018 The Adult Residential Facility provides clients who suffer from mental illness — such as schizophrenia — with around-the-clock supervision and help with basic daily tasks, like taking their medication and eating three meals a day. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, "City should fill unused treatment beds on SF General’s campus ASAP, says new legislation," 10 Sep. 2019 Percy Dupra shot and killed 50-year-old Michelle Cusseaux, who suffered from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and depression, the department created two units dedicated to mental-health cases. AZCentral.com, "Phoenix police shot at more people than NYPD did in 2018. Will that change?," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of schizophrenia

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for schizophrenia

New Latin

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schizophrenia

noun
schizo·​phre·​nia | \ ˌskit-sə-ˈfrē-nē-ə How to pronounce schizophrenia (audio) \

Medical Definition of schizophrenia

: a mental illness that is characterized by disturbances in thought (as delusions), perception (as hallucinations), and behavior (as disorganized speech or catatonic behavior), by a loss of emotional responsiveness and extreme apathy, and by noticeable deterioration in the level of functioning in everyday life

Note: Schizophrenia often involves an inability to orient oneself with reality, a withdrawal from social interactions, and a failure to integrate thoughts with emotions so that emotional expression is inappropriate. There are several subtypes of schizophrenia, including paranoid schizophrenia and those types marked by catatonia or hebephrenia.

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