January 10, 2005

Special IQ Test for Schizophrenia

The Times of London reported today that:

"A SIMPLE IQ test developed by Scottish scientists will be able to predict whether people are likely to suffer schizophrenia up to three years in advance. Researchers at Edinburgh University believe their test — which measures IQ, memory, motor skills and verbal learning — can be used to take action against the illness, which typically strikes people aged between 17 and 30, from being triggered.

Although schizophrenia cannot be cured, early treatment has been shown to improve recovery rates.

The study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, is part of the Edinburgh High-Risk Study led by Professor Eve Johnstone at the university’s department of psychiatry. Over a 10-year period the team examined 163 people, aged 16-24, with a family history of schizophrenia and did brain scans on them.

The results were compared with a group who had no family history of the illness. While 45% of the high-risk group showed symptoms of schizophrenia, only 12% went on to became sick. The differences were identified between two and three years before they fell ill.

“We can now very accurately identify those who do not have to worry, despite having a family history of schizophrenia,” said Johnstone. "

For more information see:





I was diagnosed with bipolar when i was 14 years old. my sister also has bipolar, my father and grandmother have schizophrenia. within the last year I have noticed significant changes in my behavior and thaught process. I suspect i have schizophrenia. I have hallucinations and delusions all the time.
can anyone tell me if its possible to develope schizoprenia after being diagnosed with bipolar?

Posted by: amanda at May 19, 2005 11:56 PM

Yes. Individuals diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder can go on to develop Schizophrenia. Also, Schizophrenia is evident in your family history, which places you at greater risk.

Posted by: Dr Nazl. at August 6, 2005 09:10 AM

Yes. Individuals with Bipolar Disorder can go on to develop Schizophrenia. Also, Schizophrenia is evident in your family history, which places you at greater risk.

Posted by: Dr Nazl. at August 6, 2005 09:12 AM

i had my doubts, but after reading the symmtpms chart, i now come to realize my doctor was right,i didnt belive him, just thought of it as a missdiagnosis that i had skitsphrania,but the pills syprexza and navane had too many sideffects wich made me tierd and sleepy.i recently stoped taking them all.. along with the prozac,for my obssesive compulsive disorder and depression..sometimes im filled with joy of moving on in life and overcoming this, but i evntually fall back to giving up all hope.

Posted by: Anthony at September 19, 2005 05:02 AM

When it comes to hallucinations, is it only schyzophrenia with those symptoms? Can they be triggered by stress? With schyzophrenia, can it come and stay for only a while then go away, or is it permanent?

Posted by: Allison at October 12, 2005 01:52 PM

i recently was diagnosed as bipolar, but after further questioning with my counselors i realized i had delusions that infact were not part of a "normal reality" that confirmed a diagnosis of early schizophrenia. I am 16, what stages typically happen before an induced psychosis eventually appears?

Posted by: olson at January 3, 2006 09:35 PM

Are Tomaxitin18 and delok 20 prescribed for schizophrenia or it could it be for something else?

Posted by: Divya Narasimhan at January 20, 2006 11:14 PM

Does a schizophrenic need to be on medication for the rest of his life?

Posted by: Divya Narasimhan at January 20, 2006 11:15 PM

hey. i am new to all of this really. but i was just trying to figure out if schisophrenia is possible for me to have. i havent really had problems before except for ADD. but now...im starting to wonder a little bit. i was looking at some signs of schizophrenia, and i had 10 out of the 13. so..now it worries me a little bit. i am almost always parranoid. ive never said anything about it though because i thought it was just worried too much. but now im not very sure. i worry about everything, i have absolutely NO self confidence, i always feel like something is behind me or watching what i do, i hear things, i see thing; such as shadows and people or monsters of some sort. just kind of shadowy figures. i HATE to be alone because im constantly looking behind me and jumping at every single noise i hear. i cant have loud noises when im alone or i get very scared and just sit in a corner for a little while. and i also have some wierd reoccuring dreams. its just been starting to make me wonder you know? is there a way i could find out on the computer or something...i asked my mother if it was possible and she told me not to be stupid. so i thought i would ask someone else. this is really concerning. i just read that the age range starts at 15,and i turned 15 in november. so...please help me out. thank you.

Posted by: Claudia at February 3, 2006 04:52 PM

i have a friend that has schizofrenia and it is a really bad thing to experience. she said that she has gone to the doctor and she has some pills. she has this friend and they have become really "best friends". she is cool and everything but what can i do to help her?

Posted by: maria at April 7, 2006 10:38 AM

I was recently diagnosed as having OCD, but now my doctor thinks I have Schizophrenia because I am developing more and more of the symptoms. Is it possible to have OCD and Schizophrenia both at the same time?

Posted by: Kate at May 30, 2006 12:06 AM

I have started worrying about my future a bit. My mother,brother and grandad are diagnosed as schizophrenics and the risk of me having it too is apparenly high.I am 25 and no signs were shown yet.I still have few years to find out.What schould I do?

Posted by: petra at June 28, 2006 02:35 PM

Listen i am doing a book report and a mock trial on this monster in my book. We have to defend him for killing tons of peole and we are going to say it has to be schizophrenia is that a logical reason can schizophrenia make you go crazy and lose all of what is right or wrong

Posted by: S-Dog at August 14, 2006 12:53 PM

I don't really have any hallucinations nor am I paranoid, but I am often talking to myself, I can hear and identify several voices in my head and I have an extremely ivid imagination, often living in a world of my own ... These moments (where I'm often imagining possible futures, talking to others and imagining their answers, to the point that my lips move when I imagine I'm talking) have become more and more recent. I've thought of seeing a psychologist to check whether I might have schizophrenic tendencies, but I'm afraid I'm just "imagining" I'm schizophrenic. I'm only 17. Do you think I should see someone in case or don't I really need to worry ?

Posted by: Lambert at November 15, 2006 01:14 PM

Can you have both Bipolar and Schizophinia. I have Bipolar I and II and I do hear voices and see things that not there. I am 60mg of Geodon and I also on 100 mg of zoloft. So, I was just wondering could u have both. And if you do is that schizophic affective disorder?

Posted by: Tyarria at March 27, 2007 04:40 PM

I have been reading a lot about schizophrenia due to the fact that a friend recently was diagnosed with it. Although he didn't take an IQ test to determine if he had it or not, I was wondering if someone knew of any typical questions that they may ask in such a test?

Posted by: Sarah at April 14, 2007 02:42 PM

I am constantly going from one mood to the other. Some days I wake up and I am in a very good mood and other days no one can even stand to be around me. I have a hard time getting to sleep and staying asleep, I have so many thoughts running through my head, I get distracted very easy, I feel as if someone is watching me all the time and I hate to go out to eat because I feel like everyone is watching me, I have loss the intrest of doing things that I once loved to do and even hang out with my friends unless they are guys and then I just want to use them to cheat on my husband (which is not like me), I often feel like I am not worth anything including not being here (thoughts of suicide, I can never make up my mind, I can not concentrate on hardly anything, and I have started an argument with my daughters team mom and assistant coach on her baseball team. I have been to the doctor and they just keep giving me samples of things and I can not afford to go back every 2 weeks just so they can give me more samples for 2 weeks. I know that something is wrong and I need help. Can someone please tell me who to go see other than my regular doctor. Please someone e-mail me and help me out. photographybycharlene@yahoo.com I am 29 years old and I have 3 children who I need to start enjoying more. PLEASE SOMEONE HELP! Is this Schizophrenic or Bipolar disorder? or both?

Posted by: Charlene at May 25, 2007 10:08 AM

My mother has 95 percent of the symptoms mentioned on this website. I can remember my mother being like this since I was very little. Now my mother is 72 years old and she is still insisting she is fine and that I am the one who is wrong. What can I do to help her see that she needs to see a doctor?

Posted by: stella at June 6, 2007 08:11 AM

I have talked to a psychologist who suspects I may have a form of schizophrenia. I think I see things but not hearing things (apart from if the hallucination makes it). They are usually quick and can be many times in a day but can stop for weeks. I tell myself that I'm faking it and pretending to see things, but I can't believe that. I usually have bad mood swings and suffer from depression, but can't take anything for it. Does anyone else feel like this?

Posted by: Bex at June 20, 2007 02:31 PM

I have been depressed/suicidal since the age of 9 years old. I'm 18 years old now, and i feel like most of my life i haven't had a moment of a peaceful mind. I started seeing things and hearing things about 8 months ago; for a while i was paranoid and scared for my life, as the hallucinations would chase me. Sarah, it seems like you're most likely bi-polar, or extremely depressed..

Posted by: Jay at August 7, 2007 07:22 PM

I meant Charlene, not sarah, sorry.

Posted by: Jay at August 7, 2007 07:23 PM

Hi every one:

I am starting to joing this group and learning all about schizophrenia.

The comments are very interesting and very informative. I have a 16 with in a month he will be 17 years old. Since little boy, he was diagnosed as ADD or ADHD but any medication he had tried for that had never helped. Now, since last year he has been strugling with school and refuse to read. His regular pediatrician recogmended to take him to a psychiatrist.

Can any body help me with inf on how to find a child psytriatrist?....

Please help any one. I live in NY and my e-ma is pilar_zeas@yahoo.com


Posted by: Marcia at August 30, 2007 05:16 PM

Post a comment

Please enter this code to enable your comment -
Remember Me?
(you may use HTML tags for style)
* indicates required