On one occasion, a teenage boy was referred to me for concerns about ADHD. My final diagnosis was schizophrenia, but first it was necessary to rule out temporal lobe epilepsy which shares symptoms with schizophrenia.
Mother reported having a flu bug in the first trimester of pregnancy. I explained that when hot spots of schizophrenia were found all over the planet, the World Health Organization concluded that certain flu viruses caused the sacs in the brain that hold spinal fluid to be larger than normal which presses on the brain causing hallucinations and disturbed thinking.
Many mental illnesses have a biological component.
She was beside herself with grief. I can say that life turned out well for him. He's meaningfully employed in a creative profession and is a valued member of both his work team and his family.
Schizophrenia doesn't have to be a deal breaker, but everyone has to "work the program".
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