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How does paranoid schizophrenia affect the body?

Doctors believe that paranoid schizophrenia affects the brain. Likely, the physical problem is a result of problems with brain chemicals that regulate how messages to and from the brain are sent. However, research is still being conducted on the exact nature of how paranoid schizophrenia affects the body. What is known about paranoid schizophrenia's effects on the body is the fact that people with symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia often try to harm themselves or others. Delusions and hallucinations often convince people with this disorder to put themselves in dangerous situations or to hurt themselves.

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
If you have paranoid schizophrenia, you may not suffer from memory loss and problems with concentration caused by other forms of the illness. However, you will have repeated episodes of psychosis and hallucinations that can permanently damage your memory and judgment. To others, you may appear to suffer from dementia.

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