advertisement
Updated 13 August 2008

Schizophrenia: your questions

Wonder whether you have your facts right about schizophrenia? We invited to experts to answer your questions.

0

One of the most misused psychiatric terms is the word "schizophrenia". Referring to schizophrenia as a "split personality" is just one of the many misconceptions people have regarding this illness which affects 1% of South Africans.

We gave Health24 users the opportunity to post questions to Dr Henk Temmingh, a specialist in psychosis-related disorders at Valkenburg Hospital. Cape Support for Mental Health, a support group for family members and caregivers of people with schizophrenia, also participated.

Here are some of the interesting questions users asked:

Is schizophrenia a split personality?

How is a diagnosis made?

What are the causes?

Is it true that Ritalin can cause schizophrenia?

Is it possible to recover from schizophrenia?

Meds: Are you allowed to drive?

What is the difference between twasa and schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia or just normal teen rebellious behaviour?

Should I be worried about my friend?

Dr Henk Temmingh, senior lecturer and specialist at Valkenburg Hospital's Acute Admissions Unit, was one of our guest experts. He mostly deals with psychosis-related disorders and has an interest in dual diagnosis and the epidemiology of psychosis.

For more information on schizophrenia, click here
For information on psychosis, click here

Useful contact numbers:
Cape Support for Mental Health (021) 671 1573
Mental Health Information Centre (021) 938 9229

(Health24, August 2008, updated July 2012)

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Contraceptives and you »

Scientists create new contraceptive from seaweed Poor long-term birth control training leads to 'accidents'

7 birth control myths you should stop believing

Will the Pill make you gain weight? Can you fall pregnant while breastfeeding? We bust seven common myths about birth control.

Your digestive health »

Causes of digestive disorders 9 habits that could hurt your digestive system

Your tummy rumblings might help diagnose bowel disorder

With the assistance of an 'acoustic belt', doctors can now determine the cause of your tummy troubles.