Schizophrenia is a mental illness that people have for life. The sooner it is diagnosed, the sooner appropriate treatment can be given to lessen the symptoms that occur as a result.
Typical symptoms include having hallucinations and confused thoughts that are based on those hallucinations. Many sufferers also become deluded about certain things, depending on their points of view. Oftentimes people experience their first episode as they are growing up. As such the signs for schizophrenia can easily be missed at this stage, as they are put down to the natural stages people go through when growing up. However in some cases, it does turn out to be schizophrenia that is responsible for the condition.
Some people have episodes that occur from time to time but are relatively fine in between. It is generally accepted that the sooner an individual can be properly diagnosed, the more positive the treatment experience will be. When caught early, schizophrenia can be more successfully treated than if it is allowed to develop.
Treatment depends on the individual and is styled to make sure it appeals to and addresses the symptoms that particular individual is experiencing. Medication is provided and in some rare cases intense episodes may require the person to be detained until their condition improves.
What would happen if there was a failure to diagnose schizophrenia?
This is a mental health condition that can seriously affect the quality of life of the person suffering from it. As such if this relates to you, your life can be very much affected for the worse if there was a failure to diagnose schizophrenia correctly. You may suffer from delusions and hallucinations that make it impossible to live life as you would want to. It can lead to psychotic behaviour and as such a correct and fast diagnosis is imperative.
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Being diagnosed with schizophrenia is a tough position to be in. However, getting a correct diagnosis can help enormously, both for the person diagnosed and the family and friends around them. If you failed to get this diagnosis when it should have been given, or you know a family member who has been in this situation, Accident Advice Helpline could provide the help and no-obligation legal advice you need. Take our 30-second online test to get some quick answers and then call our free 24/7 enquiry line for more details on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim