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New Jersey Schizophrenia Treatment at Absolute Awakenings
Schizophrenia Risk Factors
The exact cause of schizophrenia is not known. However, researchers believe that this illness can be attributed to a number of environmental, genetic, and physiological factors. Schizophrenia has a very strong genetic component. However, genes alone are not responsible for developing schizophrenia.
Brain images of patients with schizophrenia have revealed variations in their:
- Brain size
- Brain functioning
- Brain structure
Other risk factors for schizophrenia include:
- Exposure to environmental toxins such as lead, gasoline, and certain plastics
- Exposure to infections during gestation
- Malnutrition during gestation or during a person’s early childhood years
- Exposure to the herpes virus
- Childhood history of abuse, neglect, or other forms of childhood trauma
Treating Schizophrenia at our New Jersey Schizophrenia Treatment Center
Schizophrenia and its treatment are largely tied to abnormalities in a person’s brain chemistry. Imbalances in neurotransmitters and “brain chemicals” are exemplified by the way in which certain neurochemicals interact with drugs like PCP or methamphetamine to produce symptoms that closely mimic those of schizophrenia.
Moreover, medications that block dopamine activity (one of many important neurochemicals) have consistently proven effective in minimizing the symptoms of schizophrenia.
Treatment for schizophrenia is always a multi-pronged and ongoing process, with medication being the cornerstone of these efforts. When the right combination of medications is prescribed, behaviors, thoughts, and actions normalize. As patients become able to participate, cognitive behavioral therapy and other psychotherapy types can help them adopt healthy world views. It can also improve self-esteem, and enhance problem-solving abilities among other things.