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If I think I have schizophrenia, what should I do?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you think you have a mental illness like schizophrenia, seek help immediately. Early diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia offers the best chance of recovery. Here are some questions that your doctor might ask you:

- What symptoms have you had that lead you to believe that you have schizophrenia?
- Do you have a family history of schizophrenia?
- Have you been hearing or seeing things that others cannot see or hear?
- Have you felt that people were putting thoughts in your head?
- Do you feel that the TV or radio is sending you special messages?
- When did your symptoms start?
- Are you able to go to work each day, bathe, get dressed, and feed yourself?

After a thorough discussion, you may be asked to provide a blood sample and have other laboratory tests done. If you are diagnosed with a mental illness, your doctor will be able to help you get the medication and therapy treatment that you need.

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